The Russian embassy in London has denied that Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet President-elect Donald Trump in Iceland following his inauguration on January 20.
But the Russian embassy in London has downplayed the report.
A spokesman for the embassy told Business Insider on Sunday that the report is “complete rubbish” and suggested that we look at the embassy’s Twitter feed, where the embassy has been referring to the report as #fakenews.
Two aides to Trump also denied The Sunday Times story, according to Reuters. “The story is a fantasy,” one Trump aide told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another said the report was not true.
Trump recently said he would be interested in meeting Putin, stating: “I understand that they [the Russians] would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me.”
He told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that he would “at least for a period of time” maintain sanctions against Russia put in place by President Barack Obama for cyber hacking.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) January 15, 2017
But Trump suggested to the newspaper that he might lift the sanctions if Russia proved helpful in the fight against Islamic State militants and on other US objectives.
Two of Trump’s cabinet picks, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis, have signaled a far harsher tone toward Moscow in their Senate confirmation hearings.
US intelligence agencies blame Russia for cyber hacking that interfered with the US presidential election. Trump has said he accepted the intelligence agencies’ conclusion.