July 4, 2019 / 6:28 AM / 12 days ago

Putin says ready to step up dialogue with U.S over disarmament: paper

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the International Forum "Development Of Parliamentarism" in Moscow, Russia July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

ROME (Reuters) - Russia is ready to step up dialogue with the United States over disarmament and strategic stability, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that he discussed these issues with his American counterpart Donald Trump in Japan.

“I think that reaching concrete measures in the field of disarmament would contribute to strengthen international stability. Russia has the political willingness to do it. Now it is up to the U.S.” to decide, Putin was reported as saying in a interview with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.

Putin, who will meet Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday, said he talked about these issues with president Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan last month.

“Recently, it seems that Washington has started to reflect about stepping up dialogue with Russia over a wide strategic agenda,” Putin added.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; editing by David Evans

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