Trumps, Putin hold bilateral meeting shorltly before Summit
Written by: Administrator
Monday, July 16th, 2018, 11:18
US President Donald Trump has reportedly said that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in the Finland capital Helsinki will dwell on various bilateral issues. However, going by Trump’s previous remarks proliferation may be high on their agenda.
"We will have discussions on everything from trade, to military, to missiles, to nuclear to China," CNBC media quoted Trump as saying.
Trump said their meeting with Putin, a member of the Russia’s defunct KBG (Committee for State Security) is expected to settle several issues between the US and Russia that had lingered on for decades. But, his choice to meet him without aides could at one point be suspicious against the 2016 suspected role of Russia in the 2016 US elections that brought President Trump to power.
"I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly have not been getting along very well for the last number of years," said Trump, "I really think the world wants to see us get along."
A few days ago Trump said: "If we can do something to substantially reduce them, I mean, ideally get rid of them, maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that I'll be bringing up with him," adding "the proliferation is a tremendous, I mean, to me, it's the biggest problem in the world, nuclear weapons, biggest problem in the world."
His counterpart President Putin has attacked countries that fuelled the arms race and described sanctions on Russia as “unlawful”.
"I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development: You have failed to contain Russia," said Putin.
Before they settled for the meeting Trump had twitted: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”