A news report by the Sunday Times announcing an upcoming meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been debunked by both teams. According to the paper, the two were set to discuss a deal limiting nuclear weapons.
Nevertheless, the report was later denounced by Trump’s incoming press secretary and director of communications as “100 percent false,” according to RT.
While some sources have said that Moscow would agree to a meeting, nothing has yet been confirmed. The Kremlin has also refuted the story.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Putin, told Russian journalists on Sunday that “there have not been talks about a meeting yet.”
Still, Trump has been very vocal about meeting Putin on several occasions.
Earlier this week, Trump again announced he was ready to do so, and he has even promised to lift sanctions placed on Russia by outgoing President Barack Obama if Russia cooperated in the battle against terrorism, among other things.
On Saturday, a senior U.S. official also said the national security adviser for Trump’s incoming administration has been in “very frequent” contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Whether the meeting will indeed take place or not, Trump’s efforts to get closer to Russia seem to be having an effect in Europe. U.K. senior officials have reportedly expressed concern over being left out and isolated from important talks if Russia and the U.S. hit it off.
If it occurs, the meeting will likely take place in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, the same place Ronald Reagan met with former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in what’s become one of the most important summits in the history of U.S.-Russia relations.
The Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson has said that while no official request has been received, his government would happily support one.
“If officials in Washington turn to the Icelandic government with a formal request…we will take it positively and turn it to our contribution to the improvement of relations between the U.S. and Russia as it was at the Hofdi house in 1986,” he said, as cited by the newspaper Morgunbladid.
This post originally ran on teleSUR.