Putin's reply to Obama's letter to be handed over by end of May - Kremlin spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin's reply to U.S. President Barack Obama's letter will be handed to him by the end of May, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"The letter will be handed over by the end of the month," Peskov told Interfax on Wednesday in commenting on reports that Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev is expected in Washington with the letter on May 20.

Patrushev said on Monday that Putin's reply to Obama was not ready yet.

"The visit [to the U.S.] will take place when the letter is ready. The letter is not ready yet," Patrushev told reporters.

Earlier reports said Patrushev was to deliver Putin's reply to Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who is expected to visit St. Petersburg for a G20 summit in September, may come to Russia two days before the summit to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kommersant daily reported on Wednesday.

"Obama may come to Russia two days before the G20 summit to Moscow, not St. Petersburg. Then it would be a full-scale bilateral summit rather than a meeting on the sidelines," Kommersant reported citing its own sources.

St. Petersburg will host the G20 summit on September 3-5, 2013.

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