The White House and the Kremlin said at the time the two presidents discussed meeting in person.
Mr Donald Trump will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 17-18 to discuss the US President's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other matters, the White House said yesterday. But White House had not publicly floated that the White House was under consideration for the eventual meeting, with Sanders saying at the time that there were "are no specific plans made at this time".
After se statements, White House lowered possibility of an imminent announcement about a meeting.
"Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington", Putins top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters in Moscow.
However, their governments didn't have time to start arranging a meeting before the United States joined Britain and more than two dozen allies in sanctioning Russia over the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England, Ushakov said.
During the March 20 call, Putin and Trump also discussed combating worldwide terrorism and the importance of coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.
Just as Mr. Trump has shown a curious reluctance to criticize Mr. Putin, even when the two countries are ejecting each other's diplomats, the Kremlin and the Russian news outlets it controls have often avoided criticizing Mr. Trump directly.
DONALD Trump has invited Vladimir Putin round to the White House, according to reports.
Other experts stress the aggressive moves that the Trump administration has taken against Russian Federation, from expelling diplomats and closing consulates to a new round of sanctions.
She added that the administration had no further comment on the matter. "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing".
For starters, Russian Federation has not made much of an effort to implement or uphold the Minsk agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine; without that, the United States will not consider sanctions relief.