Putin 'ready' for summit with Trump, says Lavrov Apr 21, 2018 0 57 12345 AFPMoscowRussian president Vladimir Putin is"ready for a meeting" with his US counterpart Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.Moscow's chief diplomat added that such a summit was not currently being discussed but the Kremlin hopes that a meeting at the White House would materialise."President Putin is ready for such a meeting," Lavrov said in an interview with state news agency RIA Novosti."We are proceeding from the fact that the US president in a telephone conversation ” that was made public, there is no secret about this ” sent such an invitation and said that he would be happy to see (Putin) in the White House and then to meet him during a reciprocal visit.""Since Trump suggested this, we proceed from the fact that he will make this concrete," he added.Trump proposed a White House summit when he called Putin last month, prior to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US.The proposal has not moved forward since relations between the US and Russia deteriorated further over an alleged chemical attack in Syria.During the interview, Lavrov also said Moscow welcomed an expected summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Hundreds sift through rubble in Marawi Apr 21, 2018 0 19 South Africa riots force new president to hurry home Apr 21, 2018 0 17 New Philippine police leader pledges to pursue anti-drug war Apr 21, 2018 0 16 Eight arrested in Burundi for planning to disrupt key vote AFP Nairobi Burundi police said on Friday eight people had been arrested for planning attacks to disrupt a constitutional referendum next month that could keep President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034. Police .. Mugabe summoned by Zimbabwe parliament Harare A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on May 9 over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars, underlining his fall from power after 37 years of .. Swaziland king renames country eSwatini Johannesburg Swaziland, a small monarchy entirely surrounded by South Africa, is changing its name to eSwatini, King Mswati III has announced. The absolute monarch made the announcement during his 50th birthday .. Two Koreas open hotline between leaders Seoul The two Koreas opened a hotline between their leaders Friday, a week before a summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in. The line links the presidential Blue House in .. War-torn South Sudan's army chief dies JUBA South Sudan's army chief died on Friday, the government said, in a development that further complicates the running of President Salva Kiir's administration amid a four-year-old civil war. General James .. China encounters Australia warships in S China Sea BEIJING Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an"encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defence ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian .. Illegal gold miners invade Grace Mugabe's farm amid dispute MAZOWE, Zimbabwe A farm owned by Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is at the centre of a legal dispute after hundreds of illegal gold miners invaded parts of the property and started mining gold. A Reuters photographer saw .. Pacquiao says age no barrier to success afp Kuala Lumpur Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday that his advancing years were no barrier to success as he gears up for a showdown against world champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao, 39, will fight .. 27 killed in Nigeria gang violence AFP Kano, Nigeri A fresh outbreak of gang violence in northern Nigeria has left at least 27 people dead, locals told AFP on Friday, highlighting the volatile security situation in West Africa's largest economy. On .. European Parliament's 'interference' decried MANILA The Philippines has denounced what it called interference in its internal affairs by the European Parliament, which urged the Southeast Asian country to end"extrajudicial killings" and halt plans to bring back .. Govt to seek more time for drug records handover MANILA The Philippine government will ask the Supreme Court for more time to answer its order to hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs, and will not comply until the president agrees, the ..