White House said President Donald Trump had instructed his National Security Advisor to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington later this year.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Mr Trump has asked Ambassador John Bolton to invite President Putin to Washington.
She said discussions are already underway in this regard.
This US announcement comes within three days after the Finland summit between the US and Russian leaders.
Russian ambassador on the backdrop, “I want to believe, I want to hope that those handshake agreements and understandings reached between presidents will come true,” Alexander Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, said, referring to the milestone one-on-one meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. He added that the Russian side made “very serious” proposals to their US counterparts, including on fighting terrorism and other issues. Nevertheless, the diplomat said, some issues remain unresolved and are poisoning US-Russia relation