Vladimir Putin said that agrees with the assessment of Donald Trump that the terrorist group, the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) was in general defeated.
“As for the victory over the Islamic State, I agree with the US President in general,” Putin said at annual news conference. “We’ve achieved considerable transformation in the struggle against terrorism in these territories and caused severe damages to the Islamic State in Syria.”
The presence of the US troops in Syria is “not necessary” Putin added. “Let us not forget that the presence of US troops in Syria is not legitimate” he continued, poiting that there is no UN Security Council resolution to justify it. A military contingent can stay there only under a UN resolution or at the invitation of Syria’s legitimate government. “We are in Syria at the government’s invitation” the President concluded.
“The United States has neither”, so pulling out the troops if a “right decision” Putin said.
A record number of journalists – 1,702 – have been accredited to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s traditional annual news conference due to take place on December 20, according to the Kremlin website which posted the final list of accredited journalists.
Press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier this year’s news conference had attracted increased interest, with the number of applications for accreditation at rise.
Applications were received from Russian journalists registered with the national mass media watchdog Roscomnadzor and from foreign press with the Russian foreign ministry (MFA) accreditation.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested he could meet Donald Trump in Paris in early November at an event commemorating the end of the First World War. It was mentioned in talks with US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Moscow.
The possible date is scheduled for November 11.
The visit of John Bolton to Moscow concluded with press-conference.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump may meet in France in November, TASS news agency reports. The possibility of arranging a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in France in November is under consideration, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov said to reporters, adding that no decision had been made yet.
“An invitation was made, which is being considered. I can only say that Trump has accepted the invitation. This is all, the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left,” Ushakov said.
On November 11, Paris will host events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The White House confirmed earlier that the US president would make a visit to France on that day.
Special guest Vladimir Putin arrived at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding with an opulent bouquet of flowers for the bride. Karin Kneissl celebrating union with multi-millionaire entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger.
The appearance of Russian leader sparkled a whole range of reactions, and left hardly anyone indifferent. However bride made the best choice to mark her wedding as a unique and unforgettable event, inviting one of the most powerful world political players to attend. Since times of the late Tsar Nicolas II Russian heads of state have not been seen at weddings abroad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he informed U.S. President Donald Trump about Russia readiness to extend the New START nuclear treaty expiring in 2021.
“I reassured President Trump that Russia stands ready to extend this treaty, to prolong it, but we have to agree on the specifics at first, because we have some questions to our American partners,” Putin told Fox News in an interview after Helsinki summit with Trump.
The New START treaty, signed on April 8, 2010, agrees for deployable nuclear warheads and bombs to be capped at no more than 1,550. It limits deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers to 700 and non-deployed ICBMs, SLBM and bombers to 800.
The treaty lasts for 10 years and can be extended by up to five years. The New START treaty gave both countries until February this year to reach the treaty limits.
Hours before the meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki President Donald Trump blamed “U.S. foolishness” for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, while the Kremlin said it expected a tough meeting.
President Trump wrote in his Twitter microblog that “foolishness and stupidity and now. the Rigged Witch Hunt” are causes of poor relations with Russia.
“…So common sense tells us that the countries of the world, especially European countries, should be interested in the normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington” – Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told ahead of the visit. However The Kremlin must be on alert in case the North Atlantic Treaty Organization increases the military budget. The Alliance is “an instrument of confrontation,” designed for the purpose, he continued. As NATO openly considers Russia an opponent, the government in Moscow is determined to ensure parity in weapons systems, including nuclear arms, Peskov said to RT TV channel.