"Ljubljana — and Slovenia in general — is of course a great place to hold such dialogue," Putin said at a press conference with visiting Slovenian President Borut Pahor, who has eagerly pushed the idea, the Russian Interfax news agency and RT.com reported.
"If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue)," Putin said.
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He pointed out that "(it) depends not only on us, but we are naturally ready for it."
Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar first raised the prospect of a U.S.-Russia summit in his country as far back as November, three weeks after the U.S. elections. He said the tiny Alpine country, where Melania Trump was born and raised, "could become a bridge between the two superpowers," The Guardian reported.
Putin noted, according to RT.com, that he met with then-President Obama in the Slovenian capital. He was apparently referring to his June 2001 meeting in Slovenia with then-president Bush. It was at that venue, the first meeting between the two men, where Bush told reporters that he looked Putin in the eye and "found him very straight-forward and trustworthy — I was able to get a sense of his soul."