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Monday 12 November 2018

Putin, Trump to Discuss INF Treaty on Sidelines of G20

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MOSCOW (TASS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump intend to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of this month. Among the issues they hope to discuss is the US decision to quit the INF Treaty, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Monday.

Expert says there was little hope for meaningful Paris meeting between Putin and Trump. Peskov said:

[At the events in Paris on November 11] Putin had a quick word with Trump. They agreed they had a great deal to discuss, including the INF Treaty. They decided to do this at the G20 summit in Argentina.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, Russian President Vladimir Putin
AP Photo/François Mori, Pool)

Putin and Trump last Sunday attended ceremonies in Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Originally the Russian and US leaders had agreed to use that opportunity for conducting separate bilateral negotiations only to postpone them at the request of the French side, because a Russian-US summit might have distracted the world public’s attention from the main theme of the events.

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