The third full-fledged negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, which lasted an hour and a half have come to an end in Osaka. The beginning of the meeting was open to the press.
Both sides extremely briefly commented on the results of the negotiations. The American White House said the presidents discussed Iran, Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela and agreed to continue working towards arms control. According to the American authorities, both presidents agreed that the whole world was interested in improving relations between Russia and the United States.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that at the talks they discussed issues of strategic stability, and also touched on the situation in Syria and Ukraine.
According to him, Trump instructed the staff of his administration to work with Russian colleagues on issues that Putin raised. According to Lavrov, the meeting was constructive. Lavrov said that Putin “outlined the confirmation of initiatives” that the leaders of the two countries spoke about at previous meetings in Hamburg and in Helsinki.
As presidential aide Yury Ushakov said, Putin invited his American counterpart to come to Russia on May 9, 2020, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory. “The US President reacted very positively,” he added. According to him, the presidents discussed the role of countries in World War II and noted the contribution of the Soviet people to the victory.
After the program statements, Trump asked Putin not to interfere in the elections in the United States. So he responded to the question of the journalist, whether Trump will demand from the Russian president not to influence the American elections. Turning to Putin, Trump twice said, “Do not interfere in the election.” When the phrase was translated, Putin also smiled.