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Kremlin confirms Moscow received Donald Trump’s letter

August 08, 17:53 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO

US Senator Rand Paul earlier said he had delivered a letter from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin’s Administration

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Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, August 8. /TASS/. A letter for Russian President Vladimir Putin from U.S. President Donald Trump has been delivered to the Russian side through diplomatic channels, but the Kremlin has not familiarized itself with the letter as of yet, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Wednesday.

"Yes, indeed the letter was received through diplomatic channels. We expect that the president’s administration will receive it shortly," Peskov said.

"I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration," Paul wrote. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges," he tweeted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on July 27 that he was ready to meet U.S. leader Donald Trump both in Washington and in Moscow. President Putin has already extended an invitation to Trump to visit the Russian capital.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in turn that Donald Trump would be able to visit Moscow for meeting Putin upon receiving an official invitation and hoped to meet his Russian counterpart in Washington after January 1, 2019.

The summit meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16 was the first full-fledged Russian-US summit during Trump’s presidency. Prior to that the leaders had their first talks on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Hamburg in July 2017, and then they had a conversation on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Vietnam last November.

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