18:52 GMT17 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow is carefully examining the US proposals on a summit between the Russian and American presidents, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

    Ryabkov told reporters that Moscow is always open to dialogue and believes that such a meeting is crucial both politically and diplomatically.

    Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had discussed how to organise a Biden-Putin meeting over the phone.

    Biden said last week that a tentative meeting between him and Putin is being arranged for June.

    The White House has recently announced that Biden invited Putin to meet in a European country. Earlier in May, Biden said that he was hoping to meet with Putin in June. The Kremlin reported that a possible date for the meeting is being discussed.

    Sergey Ryabkov, summit, US, Russia
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