Trump, Merkel discuss Russia on sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 Summit during which they discussed Russia, the White House announced Saturday.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Merkel “exchanged thoughts on Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.” It added that they also “explored how to strengthen the NATO alliance further as well as how to improve European energy security.” The two leaders also discussed “the ongoing situation with Russia and Ukraine.” Before the meeting, Merkel said in remarks to reporters that she is “very glad we have the opportunity for this bilateral meeting. We shall address issues related to trade, multilateral issues, and also fair trade and the World Trade Organization.

“We will also talk about bilateral relations, Ukraine, Syria, and the violations of the INF treaty by Russia,” she noted.

For his part, Trump said “we have a great relationship and a great working relationship, I think very important. And we are talking trade. We’re talking defense. We’re talking about many things.

“We have a tremendous trade imbalance, but we’re going to get that straightened out. It’ll be better and better, I think, as time goes by. Our military relationship is very good. I think we all understand each other,” he remarked.

Source: Kuwait News Agency