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Kremlin: Trump did not speak about US readiness to win arms race in talk with Putin

The Kremlin spokesman has commented on the media reports that Trump warned Putin that Washington was allegedly ready to start a new arms race and win it

MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump did not speak in a March 20 telephone talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the US readiness to win the arms race, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

The NBC TV Company reported on Thursday citing officials from the US administration that Trump warned in a telephone talk with the Russian leader last week that Washington was allegedly ready to start a new arms race and win it.

"If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I'll win," they quoted a fragment of Trump’s statement.

"No, such a phrase was not spoken during the talk and these reports have nothing to do with reality," the Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on the media reports on the request from journalists.

The Kremlin press office released the corresponding statement following the results of that telephone talk, which highlighted all that "we considered as necessary,’" Putin’s spokesman said.

"The Russian side has never made public and open the content of confidential talks between the heads of state," Peskov said.

As the Kremlin press office reported on March 20, during their phone talk Trump congratulated Putin with his victory at the presidential elections. The leaders also spoke for developing practical interaction in various areas, including in the sphere of ensuring strategic stability and fighting international terrorism.

"In particular, the sides stressed the importance of coordinating efforts to limit the arms race," the Kremlin press office reported at the time.

Besides, the Russian and US presidents discussed economic cooperation, the Syrian issue and the intra-Ukrainian crisis, further bilateral contacts and the issue of holding a possible summit.

"By and large, the talk was constructive and businesslike and was aimed at overcoming the problems that had accumulated in the Russian-US relations," the Kremlin press office reported.