Nov. 9 (UPI) — U.S. officials are contemplating a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, but a Kremlin aide said they’ve already scheduled the meeting for Friday.
“The time is being agreed on, and it will take place on Nov. 10,” Yuri Ushakov, an aide to Putin, said on Thursday.
Trump, on a tour of Asia, will be in Vietnam on that day for a summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group of 21 Pacific Rim countries.
Tillerson told reporters U.S. officials are considering if Trump and Putin have areas of substance to discuss at a hastily-organized bilateral meeting. The president has said he expected a meeting with Putin regarding North Korea‘s nuclear missile buildup.
“When the two leaders meet, is there something sufficiently substantive? No conclusion has been made on that,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson identified the Middle East as one of the top issues Trump and Putin would discuss. Asked if the list of issues includes Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, Tillerson said, “It stays on that list.”