Putin: Russia hopes to return the US in the negotiations for the destruction of plutonium


SOCHI, October 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the US will return to negotiations on the question of destroying weapons-grade plutonium. “I hope they [the US] will return to the negotiations [on the issue of the destruction of weapons-grade plutonium],” said he on the meeting of the international discussion club “Valdai”.

The head of state noted that Washington did not warn Moscow that he was going to violate the agreement on plutonium and ceased to fulfill its obligations. “This plutonium – it can be put back in fighting condition,” he said. According to the President, Moscow is not out of agreements on plutonium and suspended them, “looking for normal, real reaction from our partners”.

“Now we hear that the start-3 not very satisfied with [US], – Putin said. We’re not going to get out of it”. “The existence of agreements is better than no agreement, and realizing this, we will do everything to fulfill their obligations, and will abide by them”, – assured the head of state.

According to the Russian leader, Moscow is already destroyed unilaterally all chemical weapons by spending huge sums and the United States not perform its obligations, citing a lack of money. “They have a printing press to print dollars, but no money,” he said.

Answering the question, is not returned the situation to the crisis of the 1950-ies, Putin said: “We’re not going back 50 years, we return in 50 years”.

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