Putin ready to meet Trump in Paris next month

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton during a press conference on his visit to Moscow. He says he told a Russian official that the Kremlin hurt itself by meddling in U.S. presidential election in 2016

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 meant to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty.

The two-party INF pact, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, bans all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges, with the exception of sea-launched weapons.

Trump sparked concern globally at the weekend by saying he wanted to withdraw from the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 by former United States president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet Union leader.

Russian Federation has the option of deploying intermediate-range missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, a move that would put a swath of Europe in range.

"If they are supplied to Europe, then of course we will have to respond in kind and the European countries that agree to this - if things come to this - should understand that they will be subjecting their own territory to the threat of a possible retaliatory strike".

"In general, I don't understand, is there a need to get Europe in a state of such a high level of danger", Russia's President said.

Putin accused the United States of violating the INF treaty which Trump has said Russian Federation is in breach of.

"We will never accept any form of blackmail", Hua said.

"We have paid attention to the relevant statement made by US President Donald Trump and his adviser John Bolton regarding China in the context of the INF treaty", ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a daily press briefing on Tuesday.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu lauded Bolton for making a two-day visit and said that "even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust" between the two countries.

After a meeting in Moscow between Mr Putin and Mr Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, officials on both sides said a preliminary agreement to hold a November 11 meeting in the French capital had been reached, and that detailed arrangements were underway.

USA national security advisor John Bolton told Putin on Wednesday that the United States intends to withdraw from the pact despite objections from Russian Federation and European nations.

He said the move raises questions about what Europe will do.

The national security adviser also voiced concern over the possibility Iran, China and North Korea are now producing nuclear missiles capable of reaching the U.S. -Soviet arms race and defuse tensions, "wrote Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program at UCS". But he said Russian Federation was puzzled by the U.S.

Washington's intent on relegating the agreement to the dustbin of history has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. allies in Europe, who argue that getting rid of the Gorbachev-Reagan treaty will undermine Europe's security.

When asked about the MDR, Manning said he had no precise publication date to announced, but he highlighted that "all factors will be taken into account before the Missile Defense Review is released".

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won a Nobel Peace Prize past year, called on Berlin to intervene in the tug-of-war between the U.S. and Russian Federation. That meeting was marked by Trump's apparent acceptance of Russian statements that Moscow didn't meddle in the 2016 election, a view quickly refuted by top U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers from both parties.

He said Russian Federation had first illegally tested a land-based cruise missile in 2008 and described its violations of the treaty as "long and deep".



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