The two leaders are expected to discuss Syria, Ukraine and nuclear-arms control.

Trump and Putin

Trump and Putin Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Amid the preparations for US President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, plans for a meeting between the American leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin are underway. The news about the plans was revealed (Friday) to the Wall Street Journal by a senior administration official, who said that U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman visited Washington as a part of the arrangements for the much-anticipated meeting between the two leaders.

“This has been an ongoing project of Ambassador Huntsman, stretching back months, of getting a formal meeting between Putin and Trump,” the official said. However, planning is still at an early stage and the U.S. and Russia have to agree on the date and location. A potential summit between the two is likely to include discussions on the Syrian issue, Ukraine and nuclear-arms control.

Trump actually called Putin on March 20 and invited him to meet in Washington. The call and invitation were confirmed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, “The two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the ‘not-too-distant future’ at a number of potential venues, including the White House.”

The planning comes as the ongoing investigation regarding Russia’s purported interference in the 2016 presidential elections continues. The investigation is being conducted by Special Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Robert Mueller, who is also looking into the possibility that Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow.