Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outletRIA Novosti reports.
“US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday,” the Russian outlet reports. “Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection.”
RIA Novosti quotes Putin’s spokesman as saying, “Obama thanked [Putin] for the congratulations and the invitation and confirmed his readiness to come to Russia at a date to be agreed by the two sides. … Putin wished his US counterpart success in forming his new team,” he said, adding that the two presidents confirmed their interest in “progressive development of bilateral relations in all spheres, including the economy.”
The White House has not announced plans for Obama to visit Russia since winning reelection.
During the campaign Obama famously got caught on a hot microphone passing along a message to Putin. “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama told then Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” Medvedev responded in the overheard conversation. More flexibility for what?