QINGDAO, CHINA—Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he’s happy to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit.
Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, said he agreed with Trump’s expressions of concern about a renewed arms race. Putin added that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.
Putin’s remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who U.S. intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win.
Earlier Sunday, Putin criticized the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.