Moscow claimed Friday that the White House presented a false account of how next week’s meeting between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin was arranged. Reuters reported that Kremlin adviser Yury Ushakov told journalists that the Obama administration “distorted” the truth by claiming that Putin requested the meeting, which will occur following his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday. According to Moscow, the Obama White House proposed the meeting.

“Details of such preparations are usually not public,” Ushakov said Friday. “But since the American side has decided to present its version, which distorts what happened … I will point out straight away that the statement by the White House Press Secretary [Josh] Earnest that the Russian president sought the meeting, repeatedly asked about its organisation, does not correspond to the truth.” Earnest said Thursday that the Russian government had made “repeated requests” to meet with Obama. FULL REPORT