Russia’s Putin welcomes talks with Obama to end conflict

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia’s President Vladimir Putin declared Wednesday he
was ready for dialogue with his US counterpart Barack Obama.

“I have no reason to think that Obama doesn’t want to meet with the president of
Russia. But it’s up to him after all. I am always open for talks,” Putin said in an
interview with France’s TF1 channel and Europe1 radio station.

US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said
earlier he didn’t rule out that the two leaders could meet on the sidelines of a
celebration hosted in Normandy, France, for the D-Day 70th anniversary, although he
said no official plans had been made.

“We don’t have any plans for a bilateral meeting with President Putin, so we’re not
anticipating the two leaders will have any type of formal meeting,” he said, adding
the two would certainly have “cause to interact in that context.”

At the same time, Putin has criticized the United States over its aggressive foreign
policies. He stressed Russia had “hardly any military contingents abroad,” while US
bases were set up far and wide across the globe.

“American troops are stationed a thousand kilometers away from their own borders,”
he said.

Earlier it was reported that Putin would attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day
landings in France. This will be first visit of the Russian president to Western Europe
since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis. France invited Putin to take part in the
event several months ago and confirmed the invitation despite the disagreements on
Ukraine.

In 1944, the Normandy landings opened the Western Front in the World War II, which
left the Nazis caught between the allied US, British and European troops and the
Soviet Army advancing from the East.

Source: Ria Novosti

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