A Sunday Times report claiming that a meeting has been planned between US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Iceland is “100 percent false,” said Trump’s incoming press secretary and director of communications.
In a tweet, Sean Spicer denied the report, which claimed that his future boss told British officials that he would meet Putin in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, during his first foreign trip as POTUS.
Two of Trump’s aides also denied the story, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The British newspaper reported that Trump and Putin would discuss a nuclear arms reduction agreement and a reset of bilateral relations.
Sources close to the Russian Embassy in London allegedly told The Sunday Times that Moscow would agree to a summit between Putin and Trump, but would not confirm that such a meeting had been scheduled.
Reykjavik was the site of an historic summit on October 11-12, 1986, between the US and Soviet leaderships – the second in a series of meetings that relaunched the two countries’ relationship.
The latest report comes just a day after Trump expressed openness to lifting the sanctions against Russia “under certain conditions.”
In an hour-long interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump said he wants to keep the sanctions that the Obama administration recently imposed on Russia “at least for a period of time.”
However, Trump added that he would consider lifting the restrictions, depending on how helpful the Russians are in the fight against terrorism, as well as assisting with other goals that he feels are key to the US.