In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:29
The Reuters exclusive was based on two sources who were briefed by people who read the notes taken, along with another person briefed on the January 28 call. But when Putin inquired about extending the 2010 treaty, according to two current USA officials and one former official will knowledge of the conversation, Trump reportedly paused the conversation to ask his aides what New START, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, entails.
Once informed about the treaty, Trump told Putin it was a bad deal that favored Russian Federation - and proceeded to discuss his own popularity. And the Kremlin could easily call Trump's bluff: Russian Federation has on more than one occasionconducted mock nuclear attacks in its war games; boycotted last year'sNuclear Security Summit; anddeployed nuclear capable missiles to Kaliningrad. -Russian relations, expressing respect for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and dismissing allegations of Russian hacking in last year's US presidential election. After the treaty was explained to him, Trump returned to the call and described it as a bad deal.
As part of Obama's early effort to "reset" ties with Moscow, the two nations in 2010 signed a pivotal arms control pact that set new lower caps on the number of warheads each country can deploy.
On Friday, Putin also said the Kremlin hopes for "full relations with the U.S." and welcomed Trump's "position on the matter". On the day after Trump's inauguration, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said symmetrical disarmament between Russian Federation and the United States was "unacceptable".
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it is premature to speak about extending the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) until the discussion between the parties is held.
Typically, before a telephone call with a foreign leader, a president receives a written in-depth briefing paper drafted by National Security Council staff after consultations with the relevant agencies, including the State Department, Pentagon and intelligence agencies, two former senior officials said.
He added that any concessions on which the START Treaty could be extended are hardly possible. The illusions of Donald Trump being a friend to Russian Federation are very harmful illusions indeed.
Granted, this leak is unofficial, since Trump aides reportedly turned off the voice recorder while the two leaders spoke.