Russia says US asked for advice on dealing with North Korea

Russia says US asked for advice on dealing with North Korea
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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday said that the U.S. asked for Moscow's advice in approaching this week's summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Associated Press reported that Russian state media revealed comments from Lavrov in which he said Moscow believes the U.S. should offer "security guarantees" to Pyongyang in exchange for a deal to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Lavrov said the U.S. "is even asking our advice, our views on this or that scenario" ahead of the summit.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on whether the Trump administration had reached out to the Kremlin.

Trump will depart Monday for Hanoi, Vietnam, where he will meet with Kim on Wednesday and Thursday. It marks the second summit between the two leaders as the U.S. continues its push to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Trump has expressed optimism about the upcoming meeting, touting his relationship with Kim and emphasizing that he believes North Korea could emerge as an economic power if it agrees to denuclearize. He has cited North Korea's proximity to Russia and China in making that argument.