Tag: Russia

KREMLIN SAYS TRUMP INVITED PUTIN TO WHITE HOUSE

President Trump floated hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin for a White House summit, the Kremlin said Monday. Mr. Trump recently suggested the two might meet soon to “discuss the arms race,” after he congratulated Putin on his reelection late last month.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied plans for such a meeting were being made yet and no major international summits are slated until November.

“Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide, Yury Ushakov, told reporters. Ushakov said the invitation had been extended by Mr. Trump during his phone call with Putin on March 20, but he also added that the two sides have not had any “concrete discussions” about a summit since their phone conversation. Continue reading

GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM GATHERS AHEAD OF SPAIN, BRAZIL FRIENDLIES

Fußball Nationalmannschaft - Ankunft am Teamhotel (picture-alliance/dpa/K. Bergmann)

Even before the players nominated to his latest Germany squad arrived in Düsseldorf on Tuesday, Joachim Löw warned those on the fringes needed to convince him that they should be on the plane when it leaves for Russia in June.

“Before we name the final World Cup squad, we want to see and feel that the players put our goals above everything else and give everything they’ve got to achieve them,” Löw said after he arrived that the team hotel on Monday. “If we want to be successful in Russia, we will have to have an unconditional hunger for success.”

With 26 players, Löw has named a relatively large squad for these two friendlies, meaning that at least three of them won’t make it to Russia – and probably more than that, assuming that first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and the oft-injured Marco Reus regain fitness in time for the World Cup. Also notably absent from the latest squad is Reus’ Dortmund teammate Mario Götze.

The fact that just eight players from Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team are included in the latest squad is a reflection of Löw’s policy of gradual renewal based not on a player’s history, but his current form and fitness. Seventeen were part of the relatively young team that won last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

DESCHAMPS SAYS POGBA CAN’T BE HAPPY AT MAN U

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” finding to be out of favour at Old Trafford, says France coach Didier Deschamps.

Pogba, 25, is in the France squad for friendlies with Colombia and Russia, after being an unused substitute for United against Brighton on Saturday.

“I’m sure I’ll hear more about it,” said Deschamps. “But of course it’s a situation he won’t be enjoying.” United return to Premier League action against Swansea on 31 March. Continue reading

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