Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wanted to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“I would very much like your visit to Russia to benefit Russia-US relations and promote their development,” Putin said as he received Pompeo at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Putin also praised the Mueller report, despite its findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.
“Despite the exotic nature of Mr Mueller’s commission, on the whole he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the US administration and Russia,” he said.
Moscow has rejected these claims “from the very beginning as complete nonsense”.