>> An attempt to bring relations out of the deep freeze, Putin says it's time to meet Trump. The Russian president suggesting a potential date before July's G20 meeting. Their matchmaker, his finished counterpart. He said, he'd happily host the two at an arctic summit in Helsinki, assuming Trump agrees to this scheme.
> There are many issues that have been long on the agenda, we are ready for this discussion, but we need the other side to also demonstrate a good will and readiness for constructive work.>> The two have talked on the phone twice since Trump's surprise election win in November.
But a face-to-face would likely break the ice after years of strained relations under Obama. Anti-Russian sanctions will be high on the agenda which Putin says are harmful for Europe and the US. The question of fighting terrorism and co operation in Syria in hot pursuit. In the past, Trump as expressed willingness to meet, but things may be delayed by stress at home.
Trump's early presidency clouded by allegations from US intelligence agencies over Russian involvement in his election success. Claims Putin has slammed as lies.