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US Official: Putin Invited to Visit Washington Next Year

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. national security adviser John Bolton shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Oct. 23, 2018.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to visit Washington next year.

Bolton said on Friday in the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia: "We have invited President Putin to Washington after the first of the year for, basically, a full day of consultations."

He says no date has been set.

Bolton noted that Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to meet in Paris when they attend November 11 events marking 100 years since Armistice Day.

Putin and Trump held a summit in Helsinki in July amid sharp differences over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.