Bolton to Meet with Putin on Possible US Pullout from Arms Treaty

Bolton to Meet with Putin on Possible US Pullout from Arms Treaty

Bolton to Meet with Putin on Possible US Pullout from Arms Treaty

"So we will make the precise arrangements on that", Bolton said.

Other Russian officials also emphasized the need for dialogue in their meetings with Bolton.

"Donald Trump came into office with a disdain for global institutions and multilateral cooperation, and now those impulses are being encouraged by John Bolton in the area of arms control", says Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association in Washington.

President Donald Trump warned the world on Monday that the United States meant to expand its nuclear arsenal if Russian Federation and China continued to build up their own stockpiles.

"There's a new strategic reality out there", Bolton said, saying that a Cold War-era treaty no longer met the demands of the world as it is now.

This comes as Bolton defended the president's claim Russian Federation violated its nuclear arms treaty with the USA, which prohibits the country from developing certain nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles.

Bolton, though, said the USA estimates that one-half to one-third of Chinese ballistic missiles would be in violation of the treaty if they were a part of the agreement.

Lavrov said he was waiting to hear Bolton's "official explanation" regarding Trump's intentions, adding that for the moment the U.S. side has not initiated the official procedure for exiting the treaty. "Until they come to their senses".

"It's a threat to whoever you want", he added when asked if it was a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump said his threat of increasing America's nuclear stockpile was not just directed at Russian Federation, but at China and "anybody else that wants to play that game". You can't do that. "You can't play that game on me".

The landmark treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev and led to almost 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles being eliminated.

Ryabkov told Sputnik that Russian Federation would adopt a number of retaliatory measures if the United States continues to unilaterally withdraw from agreements.

"This move has the potential to somewhat destabilize the current strategic balance in Europe", he said. "Such parity will be secured under all circumstances".

He is well known for his aggressive foreign policy views, and in particular his belief that the USA needs to confront Iran more directly.

While Bolton acknowledged it might be unrealistic to expect China to comply with a treaty it never signed, he argued that China's and North Korea's development of intermediate-range missiles means that the bilateral treaty with Russian Federation is now outmoded and no longer meets today's realities.

"At a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were the only global superpowers, the INF Treaty was a landmark agreement that helped provide stability and security in Europe, " he said.

"Talking about China on the issue of unilaterally pulling out of the treaty is completely mistaken", spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

"It is the United States that is eroding the foundations and main elements of this pact" with its missile defence capabilities and drones, he said.

"We have more money than anybody else, by far".

The European Union warned Trump of a potential impact on European security if he made a decision to go ahead and leave the INF treaty.

Still, current and former U.S. officials say Washington is right to focus on China's missile threat.

About 95 per cent of the missiles available to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force would violate the INF Treaty if Beijing were a signatory, Lee charges.

"Alleging that Russian Federation has violated this treaty for several years, Feinstein said the USA must take strong diplomatic actions to address that violation".

Adam Ni, a researcher on Chinese foreign and security policy at the Australian National University, said America's withdrawal from the treaty would have a significant effect on the military balance between the United States and China, especially if a conflict broke out, as it could deploy intermediate ground-based missile systems in Asia. "But I didn't bring any more olives".

The treaty was one of those agreements and is set to expire in the next two years.

Bolton said he believed Trump would look forward to it, adding that it was important for Moscow and Washington to work in areas where there was a possibility of mutual cooperation.

It will be the first meeting between the two presidents since their controversial Helsinki summit in July, and just their fourth time meeting in person since Trump became president.

Bolton told Kommersant that Washington wanted to "resolve the INF issue first".

Defense Secretary James Mattis "is completely aligned with the president and he's in close contact with the president on this", said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning.

"We also have the same readiness and intention".

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