Putin open to meeting Obama at UN headquarters

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council in Moscow's Kremlin March 21, 2014. Putin said Friday Russia should at present refrain from imposing sanctions on Americans in retaliation for punitive measures announced by the US.

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin is "open to dialogue" and to meeting with his US counterpart Barak Obama when he visits the UN headquarters later this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Tuesday.

"President Putin is always open to dialogue, especially with his colleague President Obama," Peskov said, adding that no such meeting had yet been agreed.

"There is a will (for dialogue) on Russia&39;s part and this will remains," he added.

The two leaders last met in November 2014 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

The Ukraine conflict that erupted last year has led to the worst stand-off in Western-Russian relations since the Cold War.

Putin is due to arrive in New York on September 28 to address the UN General Assembly.

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