Putin Blasts Trump for Canceling Summit: Kim ‘Did Everything He Promised'

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 26, 2018

Putin had met with Macron's rival, Marine Le Pen, in Moscow during the presidential race.

The three-day St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) continues on Friday, May 25 in Russia's second largest city.

Earlier in the day, speaking at an annual economic forum, Putin sharply criticized Trump's decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal, saying it could trigger risky instability.

The Russian leader said the United States withdrawal from the 2015 agreement came even as the worldwide nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran was fulfilling its obligations.

Macron's office however said that while the pair agreed on the need to "preserve the gains from the agreement", the French leader was also pushing for global talks on a potential wider deal. "This is unacceptable and it has to end", he said.

While criticizing the US policy on Iran, Putin had some warm words for Trump and held out hope for holding a summit with him. "If you asked me what is a fair price, I would say we're perfectly happy with $60 a barrel".

He said he would try to convince Trump to return to talks about Iran's nuclear programme, and was also critical of Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, out of step with the stance of most European governments.

"That was not desirable", Macron said, adding that the embassy move played a part in sparking fatal clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces.

Mr Macron, who spoke after Mr Putin, also commented on the decision of the USA to pull out from the deal.

As he sat alongside Putin, Macron referred repeatedly to the need to establish "European financial sovereignty" - a jab at European economies' reliance on the US financial system. And despite the political differences and the economic sanctions, major business deals were signed here.

Washington's decision earlier this month to withdraw from the 2015 agreement created to stunt Tehran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has left London, Paris and Berlin scrambling to save the accord from collapse with the help of China and Russian Federation, the deal's two remaining signatories.

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