US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not discuss the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty while they were in Paris, the press secretary of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov stated on Sunday, Interfax reported.
Earlier, Russian information agencies reported that Putin stated that Moscow wants to resume the large-scale dialogue with the USA on the fate of the historical missile treaty concluded during the Cold War.
Information agencies speculate based on Putin’s statements to Channel RT France that the meeting of the American and Russian Presidents will possibly take place on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Argentina.
On Sunday, October 21, during his speech in front of his supporters in Nevada, Trump announced that he wants to leave the INF Treaty. “We will not allow anyone to violate the terms of this agreement,” he said. Russia and the United States periodically accuse each other of violating this agreement.
In response to Trump’s words, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is ready to respond to Trump’s threat of withdrawing from the agreement. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained that Russia is prepared to respond if Washington continues to withdraw from agreements and arrangements unilaterally. He added that measures against the U.S. could be "of a military-technical nature."