Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the United States on Friday not to apply too much pressure on North Korea regarding its nuclear weapon program, saying the strained relationship between the two countries was "on the verge of a large-scale conflict." Putin posted the warning on the Kremlin website before he left for the BRICS nations summit in China, Reuters reported. Putin called on the two nations to open up dialogue with one another. "It is essential to resolve the region's problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions [for such talks]," Putin wrote. "Provocations, pressure and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere."
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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their third phone call Tuesday. The two leaders spoke for the first time since the U.S. attacked the Shayrat air base in Syria in April in retaliation to the deadly chemical gas attack against civilians, allegedly conducted by Syrian President Bashar Assad in Idlib province April 4, which left over 100 people dead and more than 300 wounded. The attack resulted in tensions between the United States and Russia as the Russian military have been fighting alongside the Syrian regime. According to the Kremlin's official website, a statement about the phone call also said that the two presidents have agreed to meet face-to-face in July at the G20 world leaders summit in Hamburg. "Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump supported the continuation of the contacts on the phone, as well as in favor of the organization of personal meetings in conjunction with the meeting of the'Summit of the Group of twenty' July 7-8 in Hamburg," the statement on the website read.
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