Russian and U.S. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.
The last time the two leaders were held was in Helsinki last July. Since then, relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated. Now Russia has invited the President of the United States to the Victory Parade on May 9, 2020.
Negotiations in Osaka lasted an hour and a half. On the Russian side, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov, Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov and Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov participated. With the American – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Assistant to the President for National Security John Bolton, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, as well as Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
During the minutes before the talks began, reporters asked Trump if he was going to tell Putin that meddling in the U.S. election was unacceptable. The President of the United States laughed and said to the Russian President, “Don’t interfere in the election, please.”
At the end of the meeting, the White House said that Trump and Putin discussed the situation in Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine, and “both agreed that improving relations is in the interests of both countries and the world.”
“The presidents also agreed to continue discussions on the 21st century arms control model, which President Trump has said should include China,” Bloomberg quoted the White House statement as saying.
“We discussed issues of strategic stability,” Lavrov said, adding that the talks included Syria and Ukraine.
Ushakov said that Russia invited Trump to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory on May 9, 2020. “The President of the United States reacted very positively,” the aide added.
Peskov later told reporters that the presidents were “talking about international trade, talking about international affairs.” Syria, the state of affairs in Idlib, was also affected. They also talked about Turkey in this context. They also talked about China,” Putin’s spokesman explained.
As for the invitation to the parade, Trump, according to Peskov, said that he would wait for the official invitation, which will be sent in the coming days.
Trump and the parades
It is known that the current president of the United States is not indifferent to the parades.
On July 14, 2017, he attended the Bastille Day parade in Paris. In February 2018, it was reported that Trump wanted to hold a military parade in Washington.
U.S. media reported that the president was very impressed with the military parade in the French capital, so he had such an unusual desire (usually parades in Washington were held to mark the end of any military conflict).
Representatives of the Democratic Party said at the time that the idea of a military parade resembles the way autocratic regimes behave. “President Trump supports amazing American service men who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded.
Trump then accused the Washington authorities of overstating the cost of the parade, which was supposed to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. In August, he announced the cancellation of the parade.
“For holding a big solemn military parade, they put such an absurdly high price”, – the president indignantly on Twitter. However, he did not rule out that the parade will take place in 2019.
A military parade was also held in Washington on the occasion of Trump’s inauguration.
This is the third talks between Putin and Trump. Before that, they met almost a year ago – at a summit in Helsinki on July 16, 2018. The first meeting took place in Hamburg on July 7, 2017 – also at the G20 summit.
In November 2018, a meeting of the presidents was planned in Paris, where they both came at the invitation of The French leader Emmanuel Macron to events to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. However, then, against the background of the Withdrawal of the United States from the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium-Range Missiles, negotiations broke down.
Then the presidents were going to hold talks in early December at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, but Trump refused to meet because of Russia’s detention of Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait.
The leaders didn’t communicate until they had an hour-long phone conversation on May 3, which Trump called “very positive.”
Ahead of the meeting in Osaka, Putin gave an interview to the British newspaper Financial Times. In it, he said, in particular, that he did not agree with the “many ways to solve problems” that Trump uses, but noted that he considers him a talented man. “He feels very subtly what the electorate expects of him,” the Russian president said.
In addition, Putin said that it is necessary to look for the reasons for Trump’s victory in the presidential election in the actions of his team, and not in “mythical interference from the outside”.
For the past two years, the U.S. has been investigating whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and whether Trump colluded with the Kremlin. The Russian authorities have consistently denied this.
In April, a report by special prosecutor Robert Mueller concluded that the Russian government had meddled in the U.S. election extensively and systematically, but the investigation found no evidence of collusion by anyone on the Trump team’s collusion with the Russians. Authorities.