Putin to meet with U.S. lawmakers in New York next week

The Russian president will meet with members of Congress next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

The meeting comes amid rising tensions between Russia and the West and as U.N. sanctions imposed on Moscow in the wake of the annexation of Crimea have caused an economic downturn.

Putin said the meeting would take place in the capital, Moscow, on April 23, as he travels to Washington for a two-day summit of the Group of Seven major industrialized countries.

He said it would be the first time Putin and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May had met.

Putin also said he hoped the meeting will be constructive.

“I hope that they will have a constructive dialogue and a good atmosphere, and that we can overcome the current problems,” Putin said in a televised address.

Putin has been at odds with U!

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President Donald Trump, who has blamed Russia for the annexation and accused Moscow of meddling in the U.T.O. election in Ukraine.