Putin warns of a new arms race with America


Putin, who made the remarks at a news conference in Moscow on October 24, said he wants to discuss with President Donald Trump plans for the United States to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The statement comes as USA president Donald Trump said this past weekend that the United States will withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation signed in 1987.

Trump has said he is pulling out of the 1987 treaty because Russian Federation has been violating it since at least 2014 and because it does not apply to China, which has been developing the kind of short- and intermediate-range missiles eliminated by Russian Federation and the United States under the treaty.

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.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that allies blame Russian Federation for violating an important Cold War-era missile treaty but he does not expect them to deploy more nuclear warheads in Europe in response.

"If they (missiles", - ed.) are located in Europe, then, obviously, we will have to give a reflecting response, and the European countries, which agree with this, should understand that they put their own territories under threat of a possible retaliatory strike.

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Bolton was in Moscow for talks with Russia's defense minister ahead of a meeting with Putin tentatively set for November 11 amid tension over Trump's warning that Washington will pull out of a landmark nuclear arms treaty with Moscow, Radio Free Europe reported.

The former Soviet leader said Mr Trump was showing a "lack of wisdom" and risked undermining nuclear disarmament efforts. "There must have been pressure on the part of the USA defence establishment to try to cope with these, with the awareness of the limitations of existing capabilities", he said.

Signed in 1987 by U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, it bans missiles that can travel distances of between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.

Bolton described meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as "very interesting" and "very productive".

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

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Bolton has said the treaty is outdated because other countries remain free to make intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles while the United States finds its hands tied. Under Trump, the momentum all seems to be toward ending these treaties and letting the stalled nuclear arms race get going again. And Germany has advised against the scrapping of the treaty, saying it will be placed in a tough spot by the US abandonment. Trump has thus far refused to sign a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which Putin has suggested extending for five years and following up with a new agreement that could bring the number of deployed nuclear weapons below 1,000.

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".

According to Korb, declining to sign the treaty along with exiting the INF is akin to the USA passing up vital opportunities to monitor Russia's activities and working together to curb nuclear competition.

US President Donald Trump waves to a crowd before leaving a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 in Elko, Nev.

Speaking after his meeting with Patrushev, Bolton said the Russians had insisted that Moscow did not violate the treaty.

He said negotiations on its terms could hardly take place if Russian Federation denied breaching the terms in the first place.

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