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Russia Insists Meeting Between Putin and Trump Is Crucial for Both Nations

Dec. 15, 2018 (EIRNS)—Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated that President Vladimir Putin remains ready for a bilateral summit with President Donald Trump, TASS reported yesterday. “We are still convinced that such a meeting is equally necessary for both Moscow and Washington,” as well as for other meetings at various levels, “in order to start discussing pressing matters concerning the two countries and issues of global strategic stability,” he said.

The day before, he had responded to National Security Advisor John Bolton’s statement that any personal meeting between Trump and Putin would be impossible as long as Ukraine’s naval ships and sailors were being held by Russia, that

“it goes without saying that such an opinion cannot be a reason enough for intervention in the investigation of intruders responsible for the violation of Russia’s state border.”

TASS added, however, that “Peskov agreed that three Ukrainian boats and their crews were incomparable in terms of the importance of Putin-Trump talks on major international problems,” and that he hoped the U.S. would reach that same conclusion. “Progress in the investigation and a court verdict, if it comes to that, may influence the fate of the Ukrainian crews,” he commented.

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