Slovenia offers to host first Trump - Putin meeting

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By Robert Hackwill
Slovenia offers to host first Trump - Putin meeting

The Slovenian government has offered to host the first face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin.

Slovenia was the venue for the first meeting between President Putin and the former president George W. Bush, and is also the country of origin of the first lady, Melania.

Meeting with his Slovenian opposite number in Moscow, President Putin seemed to welcome the idea.

“What about Ljubljana, Slovenia? Of course, it is a great place to hold a dialogue of this kind. But it doesn’t depend only on us, it also depends on a range of things, current issues. If these meetings ever happen, then I have nothing against Ljubljana,” he said.

Trump has said he wants an early meeting with Putin and he is keen for the pair to forge an alliance to fight Islamic extremism. However many questions have been raised about possible conflicts of interest over Trump’s alleged business dealings with the Russians,
although Trump denies having any.

Trump’s new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also been grilled on the depth of his relations with Russian politicians and businesses. He was at oil giant ExxonMobil for 41 years and when running the company set up many joint ventures with the Russians. Most of Exxon’s future profits and proven reserves lay under Russia’s Arctic ice.