Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is prepared to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump for the first time at an Arctic conference in Finland, should the opportunity arise.
It is not yet decided if the Finland conference will go ahead. If it does not, the leaders could meet instead at a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economic powers in July in Hamburg, Germany, state media reported Putin as saying.
Speaking at an Arctic conference in the north-western Russian city of Arkhangelsk, Putin said that US-Russian relations had fallen to "practically zero."
He vehemently denied that the Russian government had had any role in alleged cyberattacks aimed at influencing in Trump's favour the US presidential election last year. One of Trump's campaign promises was to improve bilateral relations between the US and Russia.
Last month, another European Union member state, Slovenia, offered to host Putin and Trump's first meeting. US first lady Melania Trump was born in Slovenia when it was still part of the former Yugoslavia.