United States President Donald Trump says Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is neither pal or foe, days earlier than they’re to satisfy in Helsinki.
“He is not my enemy. ‘Is he a pal?’No.I do not know him effectively sufficient, however the couple of occasions I’ve gotten to satisfy him we acquired alongside very effectively,” Trump mentioned throughout a information convention Thursday on the NATO summit in Brussels.
Trump mentioned Putin was a “competitor” and added, “… hopefully sometime possibly he’ll be a pal, it may occur, however I simply do not know him very effectively.”
The 2 leaders are scheduled to satisfy Monday in Helsinki, when Trump says he’ll increase the Strategic Arms Discount Treaty, Russia’s violations of the Intermediate-Vary Nuclear Forces Treaty, and Russia’s meddling within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“We go into that assembly not searching for a lot,” Trump mentioned.
NATO allies are skeptical about whether or not Trump will likely be agency sufficient with the Russian chief, who has denied the U.S. intelligence neighborhood’s conclusion that Russia interfered within the election.
Trump additionally mentioned he’s “not completely happy” about Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and once more blamed presidential predecessor Barack Obama for permitting to occur.
On Wednesday, Trump criticized Germany for its ties with Russia.He mentioned Britain’s pure fuel pipeline enterprise with Moscow has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authorities “completely managed” and “captive” to Russia.