Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test today, but also warned against using military force against the country, calling it a "road to nowhere" that could lead to a "global catastrophe". "All of this could lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims", he told reporters.
Abe and Putin will hold talks on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to comment on domestic American politics and to criticize his USA counterpart, taking a jab at Donald Trump by saying "He is not my bride, and I'm not his groom".
American inspections of the closed facilities angered Moscow, who called the actions a violation of the Vienna accords and sovereign private property rights.
Regarding Putin's bride comment, if Russian Federation truly did influence the USA election - and it's looking increasingly likely this is the case - then it's true Trump is not his bride - he's his....um...another word...we can't print here.
If Trump carried out this threat, it could lead to "a global recession and devastation for the global economy", according to Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, the United States geoeconomics fellow at Chatham House.
Putin also blasted calls for Russian Federation to join sanctions against North Korea shortly after slapping Russian Federation itself with broad financial sanctions.
Trump has offered "conceptual approval" on the purchase of billions of dollars' worth of US military weapons and equipment by South Korea.
The clash marks a new low in US-Russian diplomatic relations, which are also strained over different views on how to proceed in North Korea.
"The fact that Americans have reduced the number of diplomatic representations in the United States, well it is their right, but it was done not in a polite manner and that does not give credit to our American partners", Putin said Tuesday.
The Obama administration said it was retaliating for Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. "Therefore, for a start, I will order the Foreign Ministry to go to court - and let's see just how efficient the much-praised US judiciary is".
Lavrov said that Russian Federation is ready to consider it, the ministry said. "We will see how effectively the much ballyhooed American justice system works", Putin said.