Bolton says Russian Federation hurt itself by meddling in U.S. vote

Bolton says Russian Federation hurt itself by meddling in U.S. vote

United States national security adviser John Bolton has confirmed that the USA will withdrawal from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) after meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials.

The Russian Security Council said on Monday that Moscow was ready to work with the USA to salvage the agreement.

That threat is now being revived between the USA and Russian Federation with charges and counter-charges, provoking new expressions of alarm in Europe. He did not go into detail. And while she agrees that Russian Federation has been violating the INF for years, she says that killing it is just a step in a piece of a larger design from Bolton - whom she notes was behind the abrogation of the ABM Treaty in 2002.

The treaty, concluded in 1987, barred the United States and Russian Federation from deploying missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500 km, and largely was credited with banishing nuclear missiles from Europe. In their view, the future of deterring China and its arms buildup aimed at the South China Sea will be more effectively handled with air- and sea-deployed missiles, which are not affected by the INF treaty and its ban on certain land-based missiles.

With Russia in violation, "there was only one country in the world bound by the INF Treaty and that was the United States", Bolton told Kommersant, according to an English transcript of the interview that was posted on the U.S. Embassy's website.

At the start of October, Mattis put Russian Federation on notice that its continued alleged violation of the arms treaty would not be ignored. "So one has to ask how does one get the Russians to come back into compliance with obligations they don't think they're violating".

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National security adviser John Bolton announced Tuesday that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in Paris next month.

Putin and Trump have met several times on the sidelines of multilateral gatherings, but had their first bilateral summit in the Finnish capital in July. "There will be serious preparations".

"As far as I can recall, the U.S. coat of arms depicts an eagle, holding 13 arrows in one talon, and an olive branch, a symbol of peace-loving policy, with 13 olives, in the other".

"I have a question: Has your eagle picked all the olives and only has arrows left?"

"Hopefully I'll have some answers for you", Bolton replied.

He added that election interference was "a major obstacle" to achieving agreement on issues where the two countries have a shared interest.

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Lawmakers from both parties instantly criticized Trump over his actions in Finland, including his repeated siding with Putin over US intelligence agencies over the Kremlin's 2016 election interference campaign.

"It's sometimes surprising to see how the United States makes absolutely unprovoked steps with regard to Russia", Putin told Bolton through a translator.

"We'd take the nuclear theme a year or two at a time, for now".

The US insists the Russians have, in breach of the deal, developed a new medium-range missile called the Novator 9M729 - known to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as the SSC-8 - which would enable Russia to launch a nuclear strike at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries at very short notice. It's a message to Russian Federation: "don't mess with American elections".

"It needs to be emphasized that it is completely wrong to bring up China when talking about withdrawal from the treaty", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

In recent years, China has developed "land-based intermediate missiles (capable of carrying conventional and nuclear payloads)", Lee said in a column published Monday on CNN's website.

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