Putin promises to 'contribute to the success' of Trump meeting with Kim

Putin promises to 'contribute to the success' of Trump meeting with Kim
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Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to contribute to the potential success of a summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an interview Wednesday.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, Putin told Chinese reporters on Wednesday that his government would work to negotiate jointly with U.S. and North Korean officials, and suggested that the international community agree to help North Korea's economic development in exchange for denuclearization.


"We will be waiting for the outcome of the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and will contribute to the success of this meeting in every possible way," Putin told reporters

"There are numerous prospects for joint work both in the three-and four-party format; it is just necessary to move in this direction," Putin added, according to TASS.

The Russian president also said on Wednesday that Trump had made a "brave" and "strong" decision to accept plans for the unprecedented summit with Kim, which nearly fell apart last month.

“I still hope that this meeting — a very brave and mature decision U.S. President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome,” he said.

Trump announced last Friday that the summit was back on, ending about a week of speculation over whether the two leaders would actually meet. A summit between the two leaders is set for June 12 in Singapore.

“We’re going to be June 12 — we’ll be in Singapore. It’ll be a beginning,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn last week, adding, “I think we’re going to have a very positive result in the end.”