CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – President Trump said Monday that a meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, which will take place this weekend in Paris, will postpone, possibly until later in the month, when both are planning to participate in an international summit Buenos Aires.
Mr. Trump sent his National Security Advisor John R. Bolton to Moscow last month to discuss the Paris meeting. In response to the reporters on Monday, the president said the two leaders would probably only meet at the annual meeting of the leader of the group of the top 20 nations.
"Well, we have not set anything yet," Mr. Trump said, before traveling to Washington for the last election on Tuesday in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. "We do not know that this will be the right place. I will be in Paris for other reasons. But we will meet at the G-20. And we'll probably have meetings after that – probably many meetings. "
"Getting along with Russia, China and everyone would be a good thing," he added. "I have said it for a long time. So we will have many meetings. But I'm not sure we'll have a meeting in Paris – probably not. "
The timetable change came at a time of tensions between Washington and Moscow over the fate of the Intermediate Nuclear Services contract Signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who eliminated a whole class of weapons in the nuclear inventory of the two Cold War opponents. Mr. Trump has stated that he will withdraw the United States from the Treaty after several reports of violations by Russia.
Mr. Trump made no statement on Monday about the scrapping of the Paris meeting, but a Kremlin spokesman said the schedule of events this weekend does not allow for a full discussion. The two presidents will unite with heads of state from around the world in Paris on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on Sunday.
"Putin and Trump will be able to cross paths and decide when to meet in full format," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the Russian news agency Interfax.
This was the second modification of Mr. Trump's schedule for the weekend trip to Europe. Originally, he was also to visit Ireland, but canceled this stop. Last week he dropped a planned trip to Colombia during the G20 Summit in South America.