President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Helsinki. They gathered one-on-one, in the putin and trump relationship of only translators, for over two hours before they were then joined by a group of advisors.
However, that changed as of about four hours ago. In a joint press conference following their meeting, Trump and Putin summarized the gist of what they had covered. They addressed nuclear weapons, as two of the world’s leading nuclear powers, and the push for denuclearization in North Korea. On the subject of Russian interference in the U. President, ladies and gentlemen, negotiations with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, took place in a frank and business-like atmosphere.
I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations. We carefully analyzed the current status, the present and the future of the Russia-United States relationship, key issues of the global agenda. It’s quite clear to everyone that the bilateral relationship are going through a complicated stage, and yet those impediments, the current tension, the tense atmosphere, essentially have no solid reason behind it. The Cold War is a thing of past, the era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of remote past, is a vestige of the past. The situation in the world changed dramatically.
Today, both Russia and the United States face a whole new set of challenges. Those include a dangerous maladjustment of mechanisms for maintaining international security and stability, regional crises, the creeping threats of terrorism and transnational crime, the snowballing problems in the economy, environmental risks and other sets of challenges. We can only cope with these challenges if we join ranks and work together. Hopefully we will reach this understanding with our American partners. Today’s negotiations reflected our joint wish — our joint wish with President Trump to readdress this negative situation in the bilateral relationship. I outlined first steps for improving this relationship, to restore the acceptable level of trust and going back to the previous level of interaction on all mutual interest issues. As major nuclear powers, we bear special responsibility for maintaining international security.
We submitted our American colleagues a note with a number of specific suggestions. We believe it necessary to work together further on — to interact on the disarmament agenda, military and technical cooperation. This includes the extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Limitation Treaty. And, of course, the agenda of non-placement of weapons in space. We favor the continued cooperation in counter-terrorism and maintaining cyber-security. And I’d like to point out specifically that our special services are cooperating quite successfully together.