July 23, 2020 / 5:13 PM / 14 days ago

Trump tells Russia's Putin he wants to avoid three-way arms race with China

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he wanted to avoid a costly arms race with Russia and China and hoped for progress in arms control negotiations, the White House said.

“President Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

The two leaders also discussed how to defeat the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to reopen global economies, he said. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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