Russian foreign minister: Putin willing to meet with Obama

File photo: Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has indicated that President Vladimir Putin would be willing to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama if the U.S. wants to talk.

Putin and Obama have not had a single bilateral meeting since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and then threw its weight behind a separatist movement in eastern Ukraine which resulted in a military conflict.

Putin is traveling to New York at the end of September to speak at the U.N. General Assembly.

Speaking on Russian television on Wednesday, Lavrov said that in case the Obama administration offers a meeting, Putin "will give it a constructive consideration."