Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin summit as tensions spike over an outdated Cold War, Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, was recently in Moscow, and relayed to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the White House wanted a Paris meeting. Putin said he was interested in such a meeting.
Both Putin and Trump will be in Paris for the November 11 World War I commemorations, which 60 heads of state and government are expected to attend.
With midterm elections in the U.S. in a dead heat, it appears President Trump may be pulling back a bit on committing to a Paris summit with Putin, which would be sure to trigger the neo-liberal cabal, and anger Max Boot neocons.
Trump said on Monday that he was unsure if he would meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a visit to Paris this month, but Trump did confirm that will meet the Russian President at the November 30 – Dec. 1 summit of the Group of 20 nations in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“We will be meeting at the G20 and probably we’ll have meetings after that,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews. “I’m not sure that we’ll have a meeting in Paris. Probably not.”
Most definitely on the table when the two leaders do meet (whether in Paris or at the G20), will be hashing out the end of the INF Treaty, and figuring out what, if any, security structure will end up replacing the historic treaty negotiated by Reagan and Gorbachev.
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and International Affairs and Security Analyst via Moscow, Mark Sleboda examine the disintegration of the INF Treaty, and look ahead towards the G20 meeting between US President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As old, bilateral security architecture is left to fall by the wayside, an opportunity for a new, broader and modern, security architecture may be on the horizon.
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Trump Confirms G-20 Summit With Putin, Says Paris Meeting “Probably Won’t Happen”
Three days after a Kremlin spokesman revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump had agreed to a “long and thorough” meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, President Trump confirmed as much during brief comments with reporters at Andrews Air Force Base on Monday, but added that he “probably won’t” be meeting with Putin next week in Paris, where both men are expected to attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
The president reiterated that he, Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping – with whom the president is also expected to meet in Buenos Aires later this month – would be having “plenty of meetings” in the future. Moscow and Washington are in the process of planning a Washington summit expected some time early next year. However, Trump said he’s “not sure” about whether a Paris meeting would happen.
“We haven’t set anything up yet – we don’t know whether that’s going to be the right place. I’m going to be in Paris for other reason. But we will be meeting at the G-20. We will be having meetings after that – probably plenty of meetings. Getting along with Russia and China would be a good thing – I’ve said it many times. But I’m not sure that we’ll have a meeting in Paris – probably not.”
Meetings between Trump and Putin would come as the DOJ has indicted a Russian national for her involvement with another Russian troll farm trying to “interfere” with the US midterms, as US lawmakers weigh more sanctions on Russian banks.
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