Vladimir Putin says had good conversation with Donald Trump in Paris

12 November, 2018, 18:11 | Author: Carlos George
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President Donald Trump is attending a lunch with world leaders who have gathered in Paris to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with USA leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported. "They are ready to wreak chaos and death".

Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism, ' he said in the American president's presence.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco fell asleep during French President Emmanuel Macron's Armistice Day speech in Paris.

Macron warned how fragile peace can be in an age where the tensions that gave rise to four years of bloody battle, costing millions of lives, appear to be festering again.

Putin greeted Trump with a thumbs up at the ceremony.

Mr Trump, addressing a crowd seated under shelter from the light drizzle, strayed from his speech and said: "You look so comfortable up there under shelter as we're getting drenched, you're very smart people".

Macron added that both he and Trump were not the "classical politicians".

A cemetery employee walks between graves of American service members killed during World War I at the American Cemetery in Suresnes, on the outskirts of Paris, Nov. 9, 2018.

The Russian president is hoping his personal ties with Trump, who regularly touts their good relationship, will at some point yield a softening of the US approach to his country.

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As he was arriving, a woman ran out toward the United States presidential motorcade with slogans - including the word "fake" - written on her chest.

When asked about the criticism, the White House pointed its initial statement on the matter.

Mr Trump's visit to France also got off to an rocky start when he offended Mr Macron before the pair even had a chance to sit down face-to-face.

As Trump's convoy was making its way up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a bare-breasted protester from the Femen radical feminist group ran towards his motorcade, coming within a few metres, before being apprehended by police.

He and first lady Melania Trump had planned to visit the memorial for American marines near the Belleau Wood battlefield on Saturday afternoon, however their program was nixed at the last minute due to a storm that would have prevented them from helicoptering to the site that's more than an hour's drive from Paris.

"I want to speak of my concerns that are mixed in with today's commemoration, the concern that national blinders are spreading again, that actions are taken as if to simply ignore our mutual dependencies, relationships and binding ties", Merkel told the forum.

Trump called off a a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday after a bad weather call grounded Marine One.

Around 70 leaders including US President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital at 11am local time (1000 GMT).

Remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of chemical weapons, WWI pitted the armies of France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the US against a German-led coalition that included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a disgusting, frightful war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

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