Putin Says He Wants Friendly Relations With ‘Such A Global Power As The US’

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER,27 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches during the 10th Russia Calling! VTB Capital Investment Forum in Moscow  Moscow, November,27,2018. Putin is planning to meet U.S.Preisident Donald Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina the end of this week. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 28: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the 10th Russia Calling! VTB Capital Investment Forum November 28, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Putin is planning to meet with U.S... MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 28: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the 10th Russia Calling! VTB Capital Investment Forum November 28, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Putin is planning to meet with U.S. Preisident Donald Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina at the end of this week. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image MORE LESS
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February 20, 2019 7:08 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia wants friendly relations with the United States and remains open for arms control talks with Washington.

Putin, speaking in Wednesday’s state-of-the-nation address, said Moscow hopes to mend ties with the U.S., adding that “we don’t want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the U.S.”

At the same time, he criticized what he described as “destructive” U.S. policy of targeting Russia with sanctions.

He added that Russia will be ready to engage in nuclear arms control talks with the U.S. when Washington is ready for that, but said Moscow will not initiate such negotiations.

Putin urged U.S. officials to take into account the “range and speed of our prospective weapons” before making decisions that will threaten Russia.

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