Russia warns that it & # 39; no expectation & # 39; has some improvement in relations with the US after Trump fired his national security adviser John Bolton
- Moscow said it & # 39; different & # 39; had seen personnel changes without changes in US policy
- Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said: & We judge by actions, not intentions & # 39;
- Trump announced the resignation of his hardline security adviser Bolton last night
Russia said today that it & # 39; no expectation & # 39; has better relations with Washington after Donald Trump fired his hardline national security adviser John Bolton.
Moscow said it had witnessed & # 39; different & # 39; personnel changes at the White House without leading to policy changes, and warned that & # 39; we review actions, not statements or intentions & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If we see progress, we can say that something has changed & # 39 ;, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Russian media.
& # 39; We have already seen several times in the past that changes in the US government do not improve. & # 39;
Trump announced the resignation of Bolton last night and said he & # 39; strongly & # 39; disagreed with the former ambassador on foreign policy.
Russia said today that it & # 39; no expectation & # 39; has better relations with Washington after Donald Trump fired his hardline national security adviser John Bolton (photo)
Bolton denied that he was fired and claimed that he had resigned.
A replacement – the fourth White House national security leader in less than three years – would be named next week, Trump said.
Bolton was seen as one of the most important driving forces in the muscular approach of the White House to Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and elsewhere.
He had pushed back Trump's theatrical attempts to negotiate with the Taliban and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump & # 39; s dramatic efforts to meet the Taliban for talks at Camp David would have caused the last row.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo warned that Bolton's exit should not be interpreted as an announcement of the strategy.
& # 39; I don't think a world leader should make the assumption that because someone is leaving us that President Trump's foreign policy will change materially, & # 39; he said.
Relations between the US and Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War, despite the sometimes friendly relationship between Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Putin said last week that he had offered to sell the most advanced hypersonic rockets from Moscow to the US for fear of a spiral arms race.
The Americans, however, punished him and said they were well on their way to producing such weapons, Putin said.
Trump announced the resignation of Bolton (pictured together in the White House) last night and said he & # 39; strongly & # 39; disagreed with the former ambassador on foreign policy
The relationships between Trump and Putin (shown together in Helsinki last year) have gone back and forth, with Trump recently expressing support for Russia's return to the G7
The strong man of the Kremlin has often boasted about the hypersonic rockets of Moscow and said after a test last year that they are & # 39; impossible to intercept & # 39; goods.
The fear of an arms race in the style of the Cold War has grown after the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Nuclear Forces treaty last month, a movement that has indicated this since last year.
The 1987 pact signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had banned ground weapons with a range between 300 and 3400 miles.
But Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty and producing illegal missiles.
Last month, the US tested a modified, ground-launched version of a US Tomahawk cruise missile, which would be banned under the treaty.
Putin urged his own defense chiefs to take & # 39; extensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response & # 39 ;.
The two leaders are at odds with other geopolitical crises, including Venezuela and Iran.
Russia is an ally of Iran and tensions in the Middle East have increased in recent weeks following a series of threats to Gulf shipping.
The US blamed Iran for explosions on Western ships, but Russia supported Tehran's denials of involvement.
In Venezuela, the Trump government recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim leader at the height of the crisis earlier this year.
However, Russia remained firmly behind the socialist leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who clung to power with the help of the army.
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