Trump and Putin discuss arms control in a telephone conversation

WASHINGTON, (BM) – Arms control was an important part of a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump said during a briefing for journalists at the White House, learned

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“We did talk about the arms. Yes, we did,” Trump told reporters from the podium when asked what was discussed between him and Putin on the subject of strategic security. “It was a very important part of the call actually”.

The President of the United States did not report any results of the discussion of this issue.

Recall that the leaders of Russia and the United States held three rounds of telephone calls in a week. Experts note that in many respects the agreement on a sharp reduction in oil production in the world was the result of telephone conversations between Putin and Trump.

“The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done,” Trump posted to Twitter Easter Sunday. “This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States.”

“I would like to thank and congratulate President Putin of Russia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia. I just spoke to them from the Oval Office. Great deal for all!” the president praised.

Note, according to the message on the conversation of the leaders of the two countries on April 12, posted on the Kremlin’s website, the presidents discussed, among other things, “topical issues of ensuring strategic security”.

We also note that in February 2021, the treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms START-3 expires.

Read more: Russian Presidential Spokesman: “Russia Remains Committed to its Obligations under the INF Treaty”

Trump added that he and Putin also discussed issues concerning China.

“I would say that basically we are talking about China, about their borders. We talked a little bit about our borders, on the border with Mexico, because Mexico plays a significant role in the [OPEC+] agreement. Mexico was a difficult issue for Mexico. This was not an easy agreement and we welcome some flexibility,” the president added. recalls that on February 7 the US President said that China should be part of the new arms control agreements.

Then, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Alliance said taht China may have more missiles than Russia, so it should be part of the agreements. She noted that China has opportunities that put it at a higher level in matters of weapons of mass destruction.


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