08.11.2018 | White House contradicts Kremlin to deny meeting
Source - The Daily Express
Tensions have escalated in recent weeks over Washington’s threat to abandon a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and ongoing US sanctions against Moscow.
The two leaders will be in the French capital on November 11 to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, which more than 60 world leaders are expected to attend.
Mr Trump said during a White House press conference: “I believe that President Putin will be there, we do not have anything scheduled.
Earlier in the day, however, the Kremlin’s foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said the pair had scheduled a brief conversation on the sidelines of a working lunch at the Elysée Palace.
He told Russian news agencies: “It has been agreed that the leaders of the US and Russia will talk only briefly in Paris, it will be a standard meeting.”
On Thursday Mr Ushakov was forced to clarify his comments, saying France had expressed concern that a mini Trump-Putin summit would prompt huge international media interest and steal the limelight from the Paris commemorations.
US and Russian officials decided to delay the meeting, he said, adding that the pair were expected to meet for longer, more comprehensive talks during the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month.
A Trump-Putin meeting is widely excepted as tensions mount over Washington’s threat to pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and US sanctions against Moscow.
Mr Trump sparked global concern last month after he said he would ditch the INF agreement.
Mr Putin warned him that abandoning the key arms control pact would unleash a new nuclear arms race and put Europe in danger.
Earlier on Wednesday the Kremlin said it saw little prospect for the normalisation of US-Russia relations, as Moscow braced for a new round of US sanctions.