John Bolton, the United States' national security adviser, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Washington warned that he will withdraw from a key nuclear weapons control treaty with Russia that is expected to be the meeting's agenda. Moscow.
Putin told Bolton on Tuesday he would like to hold further talks with US President Donald Trump, suggesting they meet next month in Paris, where the two leaders are expected to participate in an event commemorating the end of the First World War.
Bolton said he believed Trump would wait for him, adding that it was important that Moscow and Washington work in areas where there is the possibility of mutual cooperation.
For his part, Putin said that sometimes Russia was surprised by what he said was an unprovoked action that Washington took against Moscow.
The meeting on Tuesday followed discussions between Bolton and senior Russian officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in which the national security adviser outlined Trump's problems with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. 31 years.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Moscow did not want the United States to end the INF treaty, as there was no prospect of a substitute agreement.
"Ruining the treaty in a situation where it even hints that there is no new one is something we do not welcome," he said in comments made by the state news agency TASS.
"Abandoning the agreement first and then discussing the hypothetical and short-lived possibility of concluding a new treaty is a pretty risky position," Peskov said.
He also said that Putin and Bolton were expected to discuss "bilateral relations, regional conflicts, Syrian resolution and strategic security issues."
In an interview with Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy, Bolton accused Russia on Monday of violating the treaty during the past five years.
He suggested that this was the reason why the United States wants to withdraw from the treaty. He said that Iran, China and North Korea have also been looking to have intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM).
"Many of our friends and allies are affected by China's IRBM capabilities," said Bolton. China "expects the United States to remain in the INF treaty, and that is perfectly understandable – if I were Chinese, I would say the same."
Iran "continues to look for nuclear delivery weapons … We believe they continue to be the global central bank of international terrorism," Bolton said, according to a transcript.
Nuclear weapons agreement
The INF treaty was signed in December 1987 by the then president of the United States. UU Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
It solved a crisis that had begun in the 1980s with the deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles and Soviet SS-20 nuclear points aimed at Western capitals.
When signing the agreement, Washington and Moscow resigned to own, produce or test a cruise missile launched from the ground with a range between 500 and 5,500 km.
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