The American leader believes that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would like to reach a new agreement on the limitation of nuclear arsenals.
“They [Russia] are getting rid of some [missiles], we are getting rid of some,” trump told reporters, noting that China should be involved in the agreement. “It would be great for the whole world,” the US President said.
The Kremlin on July 31 reported that between Putin and Trump telephone conversation took place. During the talks, the American leader offered assistance in extinguishing forest fires in Russia. Putin said in response that Moscow, if necessary, will take advantage of the offer. Washington later said that the leaders also discussed bilateral trade. The next day, August 1, Trump reported that the conversation with Putin was “short but good.” According to the US President, he did not discuss the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
On August 2, Washington completed the formal process of withdrawal from the Treaty, which limits the deployment of medium-and short-range missiles. The State Department announced the suspension of participation in the INF Treaty in February but left six months for negotiations with Russia on the possible preservation of the agreement. However, a compromise could not be reached.
US authorities explained the decision to withdraw violations of the Treaty by Moscow. Russia was accused of creating a banned missile 9M729, whose range violates the provisions of the INF Treaty, and demanded that it destroy the missile. Russia has rejected such accusations and put forward counter-claims to Washington. We are talking about the deployment of the US MK-41 launchers in Romania, capable, as noted in the Russian Foreign Ministry, to launch banned Tomahawk Missiles. In July, Putin signed a law to suspend the INF Treaty.