Putin and Trump may meet in Melania's birthplace of Slovenia

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The first lady's heritage may function as a bridge between the U.S. and Russia. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought up a hypothetical meeting between him and President Trump.

The Russian media outlet RT reports that he was open to the idea of such a meeting occurring in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

That's the birthplace of Trump's wife, Melania. This idea was first proposed by the Slovenian prime minister.

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What Putin and Trump have said about each other
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What Putin and Trump have said about each other
At the end of 2015, Vladimir Putin lauded Trump's presidential campaign, calling him "an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it." 
In response to Putin's compliments Trump said: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond."
Putin has called Trump a "very outstanding man" and "unquestionably talented."
When Russia continued its military buildup in Syria and Putin backed the country's President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Trump declared the Russian leader earned an "A" in leadership. 
Trump not only gave the Russian leader an "A," he also said Putin has been a better leader than US President Barack Obama. "He is really very much of a leader," Trump said of Putin. "The man has very strong control over his country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." 
At a national security forum in September, Trump explained his friendly relationship with Putin saying: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him." 
When asked about allegations that Putin orchestrated the deaths of his political opponents and journalists, Trump defended Putin: "I haven't seen any evidence that he killed anybody."
After Trump won the election November 8, Putin sent the president-elect a telegram congratulating him on his victory. 
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"Russian-American relations have degraded especially hard over the past five years or so, and of course, they need to be restored in the interest of both the Russian and the American people," the Russian president said.

Putin continued, "We've heard what the elected president, Mr. Trump, who has now assumed office, thinks of this, we've always welcomed it, and we expect that these relations will be fully restoring across all dimensions, but this depends not just on us, but also on the Americans."

Since the inauguration, Trump has spoken with Putin over the phone but they have not yet met in person. Trump's ties to Russia have been a point of controversy since the presidential campaign.

In one such conversation this week, two U.S. officials reported that Trump denounced a treaty capping U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads, calling it a bad deal for the United States.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said shortly after Trump's inauguration that Putin was ready to meet Trump, but admitted preparations for such a meeting would likely take months, not weeks.

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Stunning pictures of Melania Trump's homeland, Slovenia
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Stunning pictures of Melania Trump's homeland, Slovenia
Slovenia, Bled, Lake Bled and Julian Alps, church of the Assumption
Predjamski grad in winter, Slovenia
Bled Castle, located at the top a cliff, one of the oldest historic monuments in Slovenia. Was built in 1004. Alpine mountains can be seen at the background.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lake Bled in summer, beautiful island in the middle of a lake
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Church of St. George (Cerkev sv. Jurija)
Here is a Spring day with verdant Spring grape vines growing in the low hill vineyards outside the village of Brda in the Western region of Slovenia.
The river Ljubljanica runs through Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia.
Hiker stands admiring the view from the peak of the mountain he has hiked in Triglav National Park, in the Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mediterranean town of Piran on the Slovenian Coast
Aerial view on a city roofs, capital of Slovenia,
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Tartini Square at night
Picturesque karst features illuminated in the cave
Travelers or hikers in the mountains in the National Park Triglav. Nature landscape. Amazing view on Alps: valley and mountains at summer. Mangart, Julian Alps, Slovenia.
Elevated View of Lake Bled in the Autumn
Valley with the lake in the Triglav National Park. The water surface reflects the surrounding mountains in Julian Alps , Slovenia
Bohinj lake in Slovenian national park Triglav with Julian Alps reflecting on surface
Slovenia, Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj and Church of St. John Baptist at dusk
The Predjamski grad or Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth near the town of Postojna in Slovenia.
Slovenia, Lower Styria Region, Ptuj, town on the Drava River banks, the City Tower
Ptuj, Slovenia - February 7, 2016 - Traditional carnival on shrove sunday with traditional figures, known as kurent or korent in Ptuj, Slovenia
Slovenia, Primorska (aka Slovenian Littoral), Vipava Valley. The hamlet of Ipavei nestles in the hills of the Vipava Valley, an important fruit and particularly vine-growing region of western Slovenia.
sunset on mt Nanos above Vipava Valley Slovenia central Europe and church of st. Hieronim
Waterfall at the dam in Vintgar gorge near Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia, Gorenjska, National Park Triglav, Vintgar Gorge
The Pokljuka Gorge in Slovenia is a 2-km-long ravine, which is a remnant of a stream that cut up to 50 meters deep into the limestone during the end of the Ice Age. As a visitor of the gorge, you can encounter beautiful natural bridges, overhanging rock faces, and a cave with natural windows.
Dandelions field
Kanin Ski Area near Bovec, Slovenia shows a gondola and distant peaks of the Julian Alps.
Slovenia
at sunset reflected in floodwater, Kozarisce, Notranjska, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mountains in Triglav National Park in Slovenia.
Soca Valley, Slovenia
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