Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a journalist's question during a news conference with Slovenian President Borut Pahor after their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
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President Vladimir Putin thanked Slovenia Friday for offering to host his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but added that the prospect hinges on Washington.The Russian leader hailed Slovenia, where Trump's wife Melania was born and grew up, as an "excellent" venue for possible talks with Trump.Speaking after holding talks at the Kremlin with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor, Putin said Russia welcomes Trump's statements about his intentions to restore the strained Russia-U.S. ties.Lavrov told NTV television that Putin and Trump agreed about the need to meet soon during their phone call on Jan. 28 and told diplomats to negotiate the time and venue.In 2001, Slovenia hosted Putin's first meeting with former U.S. President George W. Bush that led to a short-lived thaw in relations between Moscow and Washington.Putin also has said strengthening Russia's nuclear capabilities should be among the nation's priorities.
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