The Latest on John Bolton’s meetings in Moscow (all times local):
Speaking at the start of Tuesday’s meeting with Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, Putin said that it’s important to maintain Russia-U.S. dialogue despite their differences. Bolton’s visit follows Trump’s statement over the weekend that he intends to pull out of a key nuclear arms pact, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
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Speaking at the start of a meeting with Bolton, Putin said he would like to discuss various arms control issues, including Trump’s declaration over the weekend that he intends to pull the U.S. out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
He alluded to the U.S. coat of arms, which shows an eagle holding a bundle of 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch with 13 olives in another. Laughing merrily, Putin asked if the eagle ate all the olives.
The Foreign Ministry said minister Heiko Maas spoke by phone Tuesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and stressed that Washington need to coordinate further steps closely with European partners.
President Andrzej Duda was asked in Berlin on Tuesday whether Poland would be prepared to host new U.S. medium-range missiles if Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
Duda said: “We have not taken this matter into consideration.”
Trump says Russia violated the treaty that prohibits the U.S. and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a 500 to 5,500-kilometer (300 to 3,400-mile) range.
Trump announced on Saturday that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and that the U.S. should leave it. He warned that the U.S. will begin developing such weapons unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop them. China wasn’t a party to the treaty.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Tuesday that right now “there are no prospects for a new deal” to replace the INF and that it is a “dangerous position” to give up the INF treaty without an alternative in sight.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been a cornerstone of global security since it was signed in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union. Trump said in a speech on Saturday that Russia has violated it and that is why the U.S. should withdraw.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is meeting with Russia‘s defense minister in Moscow just a few days after Trump announced that he intended to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday lauded National Security Adviser John Bolton for his two-day visit. Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying that “even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust” between the two countries.