Trump and Putin spoke for over 2 hours, but agreed on nothing


HELSINKI, FINLAND – JULY 16, 2018: US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin give a joint news conference following their meeting at the Presidential Palace. Valery Sharifulin/TASS

The meeting of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki lasted more than two hours. Judging by the final press conference of the two leaders, Trump and Putin did not reach any specific agreements.

At the beginning of the meeting, Trump suggested discussing trade, military issues and especially nuclear weapons, relations with China and other issues. “I always said that getting along with Russia is good, not bad,” he stressed.

At the final press conference, Putin called the meeting “useful” and “successful.” Trump called the dialogue “productive.”

Putin stressed that “today’s talks reflected our joint desire with President Trump to correct the negative situation in bilateral relations.” He also noted that the US and Russia, as the largest nuclear powers, are obliged to establish a dialogue “on the issues of strategic stability and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

“President Trump once again touched the topic of the so-called Russian interference in the electoral processes in the United States. I had to repeat what I said many times, including at a personal meeting with the President: the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs, including electoral processes,” Putin said.

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