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Trump wants to hold summit with Putin in Iceland

Jan 15 2017 15:01
Ros Krasny and Sylvia Wier

Donald Trump’s advisers have told United Kingdom (UK) officials that the incoming president’s first foreign trip will be a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, potentially in Reykjavik within weeks of taking office, the Sunday Times reported.

Trump plans to begin working on a deal to limit nuclear weapons, the newspaper said, without providing details. It cited an unidentified source for the summit plans, and added that Moscow is ready to agree to the meeting, based on comments from officials at the Russian embassy in London.

The paper, citing an unidentified adviser to Trump, told the Times that the president-elect, who will be sworn in on January 20, will meet with Putin at a neutral venue “very soon”.

In eyeing Iceland’s capital, Trump’s team may be hoping to recreate the optics of a Reagan-era nuclear agreement.

Former President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, then general secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party, held a two-day summit in Reykjavik in October 1986 to work on what eventually became a major nuclear disarmament treaty between the two superpowers in 1987.

Trump’s transition team didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled to Trump Tower in New York on January 8, where he met with Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and the president-elect’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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