“I think you see for yourselves that these efforts have failed and that they could never be successful,” Putin said in a long conversation with Fox News reporter Chris Wallace in which he commented on the meeting with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, focusing primarily on policy and security.
According to the Russian leader, his country is interested in developing security, strategic stability and economic relations with the United States, despite the numerous misunderstandings between the two powers.
One of these disagreements in the military sector concerns the growing presence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Eastern Europe, something that, if it resulted in an expansion of the bloc in the region, with the possible inclusion of countries like Ukraine and Georgia, would be considered extremely negative for Moscow.
“Moving this NATO infrastructure closer to our borders would be a threat, and the reaction would be extremely negative,” he said, pointing out, on the other hand, that Russia’s current development of more powerful weapons is only a response to the withdrawal of the US from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM).
Despite recent tensions between the Kremlin and the White House in the military, Putin revealed that one of the issues he addressed earlier was about Russian readiness to extend the New START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, with the United States.
“In 2021, the new START Treaty is about to expire, so what do we do next?” Putin questioned. “I assured President Trump that Russia is ready to extend this treaty but we have to agree on the specifics first, because we have some questions for our American partners.”
Also in the sphere of security, the president of Russia also commented in the interview one of the most prominent topics of recent times, the denuclearization of North Korea, a matter directly linked to the United States.
“I will stress again that I think President Trump has contributed a lot, he has done much to resolve this issue, but to achieve the complete denuclearization of the peninsula, international guarantees will be needed, and Russia stands ready to make its contribution as necessary,” he said.
As far as Russian-American politics are concerned, Putin once again dismissed the possibility of the Russian government interfering in US internal affairs, such as the 2016 presidential election, which US officials say would have been the target of cyber attacks ordered by Kremlin.
“Do you really believe that someone acting on Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?” he asked. “This is absolutely ridiculous.”