Defiant John Bolton signals no way back for arms control treaty after Vladimir Putin meeting

During high-level meetings in Moscow, including with Putin, Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton insisted Washington will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the Independent reports. Bolton criticized the INF treaty as “outdated, outmoded and ignored by other countries.” He said Russia has long been in violation of the treaty, citing Moscow’s testing and deployment of a ground-based cruise missile. Bolton also raised the issue that ountries like China, Pakistan and India are not even signatories to the treaty, while asserting that there is “a new strategic reality.” In addressing other matters,  the two sides appeared to reach an agreement that Trump and Putin will meet in Paris on November 11 on the sidelines of the 100-year celebration of the end of the First World War. Also, Bolton warned Russian officials, “don’t mess with American elections.”

 

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