John Bolton: Russia 'Understands' Trump's Reasons for Canceling Nuclear Treaty

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"Russia has not adhered to the agreement".

Russian Federation however has warned that abandoning the agreement would be a major blow to global security.

He called US accusations that Russian Federation isn't complying with a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty "groundless" and said Moscow's claims of USA violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty are "justified".

Bolton met with his counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, on Monday. "I don't think that's necessarily what Donald Trump wants, but he's blundering into that direction with the path he's taking with withdrawal from INF".

Speaking at a news conference after the talks with Putin, Bolton emphasized that the USA has been confident that Russian Federation has violated the treaty by testing and deploying a ground-based cruise missile.

In an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant after his meetings, Bolton said that the United States was planning to pull out of treaty because Russia was violating it and because other countries, including China, Iran, and North Korea, were free to develop weapons that would be prohibited under the pact while Washington was not. "If it continues to unilaterally withdraw from agreements, different kinds of accords and mechanisms. then we will have nothing left to do but to take retaliatory measures, including ones of military and technological nature".

"The US and the Russian Federation need to remain in a constructive dialogue to preserve this treaty and ensure it is fully and verifiably implemented", spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said.

Washington has charged Moscow with developing and deploying a new intermediate range nuclear missile, which Russian Federation denies.

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Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said "we need much time, much more time, and we continue to work in the next weeks". The timeline for a deal has slipped into November, or even December, when another European Union summit is scheduled.

It banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles), both nuclear and conventional.

He emphasized that the danger to Europe isn't the prospective US withdrawal from the pact but "the threat is the Russian missiles already deployed".

US National Security Advisor John Bolton was dispatched to Moscow for emergency talks, where he said there would be wider consultations with "other" participants.

China for its part Monday called on the United States to "think twice" about its decision to ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russian Federation.

In April 2017, the former commander of US forces in the Pacific, Harry Harris, warned the US Senate that the US had "no comparable capability" to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) rocket force because of US' adherence to the INF treaty.

"We will make precise arrangements on that, but it will happen in connection with the 100th anniversary of the celebration of the [World War I] armistice that the French are hosting on November the 11th", Bolton told reporters.

It put an end to a mini-arms race in the 1980s triggered by the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20 nuclear missiles targeting Western European capitals. How are we going to try and counter that?

The policy review, released in early February, provides for "the creation of low-yield nuclear weapons that would lower the threshold of the use of nuclear weapons", Belousov said. The UK voiced its approval, accusing Russian Federation of non-compliance with the treaty.

Gorbachev, now 87, has warned that unravelling it could have catastrophic consequences. And by the way not only stop, we'll reduce, which I would love to do.

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