Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Putin, Trump discuss potential meeting

Putin, Trump discuss potential meeting

US President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday that he plans to meet his just re-elected Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss what he described as an arms race between the two nuclear powers.

"We will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have", Trump said.

Conversely, the Kremlin said on Tuesday that the conversation between Trump and Putin can be viewed as constructive, with a focus on overcoming problems in relations.

Since the election, Putin has toned down his rhetoric against the West, saying on March 19 that Russian Federation wants to build "constructive" relations with other countries but that "not everything depends on us". "The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical co-operation in different spheres, including on questions of how to ensure strategic stability and fight worldwide terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement. "As you know, he made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing, and it was right after the election, one of the first statements he made, and we are spending $700 billion there are this year, our military, and a lot of it is that we are going to remain stronger than any other nation in the world by far", he said. The White House said the two leaders had a very good call and could meet again in the near future.

"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate", Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters at her press briefing. "When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results".

Moscow and Washington are also at odds over crises in Ukraine and Syria, which Trump said would be discussed in a meeting along with the denuclearization of North Korea.

"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", he said in a statement.

"I wouldn't read much into it", Corker said, the Post reported.

Putin, Trump discuss potential meeting

Sanders also claimed that Russian interference in the United States election "didn't come up" during Trump's call with Putin, nor was discussed the poisoning in the UK.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees are investigating the alleged Russian meddling in the election and whether associates of Trump colluded with Russia.

He added that the arms race "is getting out of control".

Sanders told reporters that Trump also didn't raise the issues of election meddling or Russia's allegedly tainted voting process.

Russian Federation denies meddling and Trump says there was no collusion.

But the two leaders did not discuss Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election or the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent targeted with a nerve agent in the UK.

Meanwhile, critics laid into Trump earlier this month for his lukewarm response to the nerve-agent attack on former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both of whom are now on life support.

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