Vladimir Putin has invited Donald Trump to Moscow for a face-to-face meeting.
The Russian president was speaking during a trip to Johannesburg when he revealed that he had made the offer, but added that the conditions for his US counterpart to visit “need to be right”.
He also said said he was “ready to go to Washington” in light of an invitation from Mr Trump.
Mr Putin was in the South African capital for a meeting of the BRICS nations.
BRICS is made up of five of the major developing global economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
During the conference, he suggested that sanctions against his country have turned currency “into a weapon” – and pointed out that the Chinese yuan was growing in influence.
His comments come amid an ongoing political storm in the US, with the president denying reports claiming that he knew in advance about a meeting between his son and Russian agents.
The meeting was set up ahead of the US presidential election, allegedly to glean compromising information on the opposing Clinton campaign.
Mr Trump described the reports as “ridiculous” in a series of tweets, in which he again denied that there had been any collusion between his campaign and Russia.
In the final entry of a three-tweet series, the president said: I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr.
“Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer.
“Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”
From – SkyNews