Trump wants talks with Putin, Xi to end 'uncontrollable arms race'

Trump wants talks with Putin, Xi to end 'uncontrollable arms race'

He added: "The President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behaviour unacceptable, so we cancelled the meeting".

Trump's tweet came on the heels of a weekend meeting with Xi during the G20 summit in Argentina, during which the leaders called a truce on an intensifying trade war between their two powerhouse countries.

President Donald Trump on Monday said an arms race between the US, China, and Russian Federation had become "uncontrollable", signaling he hoped to work with the leaders of those countries to bring it to a "meaningful halt" in the near future.

This comes a little over a month after Trump announced the U.S. was withdrawing from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), a move that prompted swift criticism from European leaders and nuclear experts.

Ushakov said he met with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be coming to Washington for a second summit with President Donald Trump anytime soon, a Putin spokesman said Monday.

The "brief" meeting was also confirmed by the White House, with officials adding the two world leaders had an "informal conversation" at the G20 meeting.

Ushakov noted that Putin and Trump spoke informally for about 10-15 minutes during a G-20 dinner, discussing the November 25 naval incident and the broader situation in Ukraine.

In his press conference, Putin lamented that a formal meeting with Trump wouldn't take place.

Russian Federation had said it was ready to discuss nuclear disarmament at a planned meeting between Putin and Trump on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

Republicans and military leaders had for years bemoaned Obama-era cuts they said went too far and hurt U.S. capabilities, especially in the face of Chinese and Russian military expansions. The president pushed for and approved a $716 billion defense budget earlier this year.

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