Putin, Obama may speak on phone, this agreement has yet to be reached - Kremlin

The Kremlin does not rule out a possible telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama if an agreement to this effect is reached, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.

The Kremlin does not rule out a possible telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama if an agreement to this effect is reached, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.

The White House said earlier that telephone negotiations between Obama and Putin were possible, and the press asked Peskov to comment on that statement on Thursday. He also answered a question as to whether that telephone conversation was planned.

"We do not rule out this either, definitely in the case the leaders reach an agreement via diplomatic channels, but, certainly the conversation may take place. There is no such agreement as of yet," Peskov said.

Anyway, repeated statements have been made on various levels "by Moscow that it would welcome dialogue on any levels in any case," he said.

The press also highlighted the latest negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Putin and asked whether Putin and Kerry exchanged presents, just like Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov did. Journalists wondered if Kerry brought something from Obama and visa versa.

"No. That did not happen," Peskov said.

He noted that the Russian foreign minister was the state secretary's vis-a-vis, which was why they exchanged presents.

"In fact, the Russian president met with both ministers so that they could inform him about the outcome of their contacts," Peskov said.

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