Rus­sia, US post­pone sum­mit at French re­quest

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

PARIS - The Krem­lin said Wed­nes­day that Rus­sia and the United States have agreed not to hold a sum­mit in Paris to avoid di­vert­ing at­ten­tion from week­end com­mem­o­ra­tions mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of World War I's end.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­pect to see each other briefly but won't have a full-scale meet­ing dur­ing the cen­te­nary Armistice Day events, Krem­lin for­eign af­fairs ad­viser Yuri Ushakov said.

Ushakov said France con­veyed con­cern that a Putin-Trump sum­mit would steal the lime­light from the Paris ob­ser­vances. Of­fi­cials from the US and Rus­sia de­cided to de­lay the meet­ing un­til the end of the month, when both lead­ers ex­pect to at­tend a Group of 20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina.

Trump said on Mon­day he "prob­a­bly" would not be meet­ing with Putin in Paris, but will meet with him dur­ing the G-20.

When US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser John Bolton vis­ited Moscow last month, he and Rus­sian of­fi­cials also talked about the pres­i­dents vis­it­ing each other's coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to Ushakov.

"A pos­si­ble ex­change of vis­its to Moscow and Wash­ing­ton was dis­cussed, but there was no spe­cific talk about the is­sue yet," he added.

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