Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with President Donald Trump’s national security adviser for talks intended to set the stage for a US-Russian summit.
Putin greeted John Bolton in the Kremlin in Moscow, noting that US-Russian relations are at a low point, which he said was mostly due to the US political infighting, and voiced hope that Bolton’s visit would achieve the first steps toward improving ties.
He added that Russia never wanted a confrontation with the US, and offered to discuss what could be done to "restore full-fledged relations based on equality and mutual respect."
Bolton said he was looking forward to discussing "how to improve Russia-US relations and find areas where we can agree and make progress together."
He added that when Moscow and Washington had differences in the past, Russian and US leaders met and that was "good for both countries, good for stability in the world."
Bolton noted that "President Trump feels very strongly on that subject."
He also said that he would like to hear Putin’s account of "how you handled the World Cup so successfully" in anticipation of the US co-hosting the 2026 Football World Cup.