The US, French and German leaders discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent statements in separate phone calls on Thursday, said the White House in a Friday statement. The three also discussed the existing crisis in Syria and the airstrikes on eastern Ghouta.

Trump and Macron in Paris

Trump and Macron in Paris Photo Credit: EPA

US President Donald Trump spoke on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on their shared “serious concerns” over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent statements on nuclear-capable weapons, according to a White House statement on Friday. During the separate phone calls, the leaders agreed that the Russian president’s remarks detract from a productive discussion on a range of issues between Russia and the West.

According to the White House, the leaders also discussed the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire across the war-torn country. They called on Russia to stop the bombardment on the eastern Ghouta enclave as well as to compel the Syrian regime to stop conducting operations in civilian areas.

As previously reported by JOL, NATO has also denounced Putin’s controversial remarks boasting of a new range of “invincible” nuclear-powered weapons.“We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “All allies support arms control agreements which build trust and confidence, for everyone’s benefit.”