Russian President Vladimir Putin open to meeting US Barack Obama at UN headquarters

US President Barack Obama is greeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at the official welcome ceremony of the G20 Leaders' Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sept 5, 2013.
US President Barack Obama is greeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at the official welcome ceremony of the G20 Leaders' Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sept 5, 2013. ST FILE PHOTO

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is "open to dialogue" and to meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama when he visits the UN headquarters later this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Tuesday.

"President Putin is always open to dialogue, especially with his colleague President Obama," Mr Peskov said, adding that no such meeting had yet been agreed.

"There is a will (for dialogue) on Russia's part and this will remains," he added.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest meanwhile said Mr Obama and Mr Putin might meet in New York, though he could not confirm any actual plans.

"Certainly, there is the possibility that the two leaders could meet while they're there because they are likely to be there at the same time," he said.

Mr Obama and Mr Putin last met in November 2014 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

The Ukraine conflict that erupted last year has led to the worst stand-off in Western-Russian relations since the Cold War.

Mr Putin is due to arrive in New York on Sept 28 to address the UN General Assembly.