President Trump is likely to hold a second summit next month with Vladimir Putin in Paris.
Putin specifically recommended Paris for the conversation while sitting with John Bolton in Moscow on Tuesday. The president's chief national security adviser responded that Trump expects to see him there.
Then, Trump told reporters that "it is being discussed right now" in Moscow, between Bolton and Putin.
"I think something good could come out of that, and I feel very good with … I think we probably will," the president said during an Oval Office event. "It has not been established yet, but it probably will be."
President Trump could have a second summit next month with Vladimir Putin in Paris
Putin specifically recommended Paris for the conversation, as he met with Bolton on Tuesday.
Bolton in an interview on Monday said that Paris and Buenos Aires are on the table; The leaders will be at events in France and Argentina next month.
Bolton said before his meeting with Putin: "We could also see a more complete meeting like Helsinki in another place too."
Trump's top national security adviser revealed that an Armistice Day celebration attended by both leaders in early November is the possible site of their next in-person discussion.
"So we will make precise arrangements in this regard, but it will happen in connection with the centenary and the armistice celebration that the French will organize on November 11," John Bolton told a news conference.
"We could also see a more complete meeting like Helsinki in another place too," Bolton said during an interview with a Russian newspaper.
I know. UU They had said that Trump wanted to rejoin Putin, but only after the midterm elections were over.
The news that the two sides are moving forward followed Trump's announcement this week that he was pulling the United States out of a Cold War nuclear treaty with the Kremlin.
Last week, the United States also accused a Russian agent of meddling in the 2018 elections.
However, Bolton told Kommersant, a Russian newspaper, before his meeting with Putin in Moscow that he "exposed … some of the possibilities" for a second summit on Monday.
According to RadioFreeEurope, Bolton told the Russian newspaper that Nikolai Patrushev, his Kremlin counterpart, said he would inform Putin about the offer.
Trump met with Putin for an extended conversation in July in Helsinki, Finland.
"I will not step on President Putin's decision, but maybe he has something to say in the near future," Bolton told the Kremlin official as saying.
The G20 summit in Buenos Aires in November was also discussed as a possible meeting point.
While Bolton met with Putin on Tuesday, Putin said he would like to sit with Trump in Paris. Bolton told Putin in response that the president hopes to see him at the event that celebrates the end of World War I.
At a press conference that followed, Bolton said he raised the issue of Russian elections by meddling behind closed doors with Putin, as well as the nuclear treaty Trump wants to abandon. Syria was also a topic of conversation.
The meeting acquired a new meaning in the light of the president's commitment this week to abandon the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty due to Russia's non-compliance.
Trump promised on Monday that the US. UU They would continue to add to their nuclear arsenal "until people regain meaning" in comments that pointed directly to Russia and China.
Trump said that during the weekend he would try to withdraw the USA. UU From the Reagan era pact that moved mid-range nuclear weapons out of Europe.
He railed against the nuclear powers of Russia and China and expressed his movement in very personal terms, saying at one point: "You can not play that game with me."
Trump told reporters that a second "summit at this time" is being discussed in Moscow between Bolton and Putin, and that "probably" will take place next month in Paris.
"Until people regain common sense, we will build it," Trump told reporters in front of the White House on Monday afternoon before embarking on a campaign rally in Texas. "Until people reach their senses," he repeated.
"Russia has not adhered to the agreement," he argued. "This should have been done years ago," Trump said of his decision, which still requires Senate approval.
Trump said the agreement could be rescued if the violators comply.
"Until people regain their senses, we have much more money than anyone," said Trump, flexing the military and economic muscle of the United States.
Bolton said in Moscow that it is important to address the issue of Russian violations. To united states.
& # 39; This is not a topic that emerged yesterday. This question of Russian violations is long and deep, "he said of the issue that goes back to the Obama administration.
He said that EE. UU It also opposes the fact that China, North Korea and Iran are not subject to the same rules, because countries are not part of the INF agreement.
They are essentially free to do whatever they want, as a result and they have, he said.
"There is a new strategic reality out there," Bolton said of the Cold War treaty that did not take into account that other countries, besides the United States and Russia, obtained nuclear weapons.
He said that formal notification of withdrawal has not yet been presented, but preparations are being made to do so.
This photo file of May 14, 2017 distributed by the government of North Korea shows the "Hwasong-12", a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Bolton said on Tuesday that
Trump said on Saturday that the United States was withdrawing because Russia has not complied with the pact.
"Unfortunately, Russia has not complied with the agreement, so we are going to rescind it and we are going to withdraw it," he told reporters after a rally in Nevada.
Speaking to reporters when he left the White House on Monday, he doubled over.
& # 39; We will build it. Until they reach your senses. When they do, we will all be smart and stop, "Trump said," and we will do it and, by the way, we will not only stop, we will reduce it, what I would love to do. "But at this time, they have not adhered to it. to the agreement & # 39;
When asked if his statement should be considered a threat to Putin, Trump responded: "It is a threat to whoever wants to, and includes China and includes Russia and any other person who wants to play that game."
Trump said he takes the violations personally.
You can not do that, you can not play that game with me. Until people do not understand, until they become intelligent, they have not adhered to the spirit of that agreement itself. Russia, "he said.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, which eliminated the entire category of medium-range nuclear weapons from the nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union.
When asked if his promise to build the nuclear arsenal was a threat, Trump responded: "It is a threat to whoever wants it, and it includes China, and it includes Russia." Here, the President of China, Xi Jinping (L), and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the plenary session of the East Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018.
Trump also noted that China is not included in the agreement. "They should be included in the agreement," Trump said of the powerful nation.
"Until they become smart, there will be no one even close to us," he warned.
Trump said he had not spoken to Putin about his decision to cancel the agreement of decades prior to the eve of Bolton's trip to Moscow.
& # 39; I do not have. I do not have to, I do not have to, I'm rescinding the agreement, "Trump said. Because they violated the agreement. I am finishing the agreement.
Russia said immediately after Trump's announcement that he wanted to hear the United States first. "We need to hear the explanation of the US side on this issue," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
"Discarding the treaty obliges Russia to take measures for its own security," Putin's spokesman argued.
Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped to finalize the pact, warned that the risks of life on the planet are dangerous.
Gorbachev, 87, said Trump was showing a "lack of wisdom."
"Do not they really understand in Washington what this could lead to?" I ask.
Historical: Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan sign the 1987 treaty
"Is it really so difficult to understand that abandoning these agreements … shows lack of wisdom? Getting rid of the treaty is a mistake." All agreements aimed at nuclear disarmament and the limitation of nuclear weapons must be preserved to save life in the world. Earth, "said the Russian leader who signed the agreement with Reagan.
The 1987 agreement required Russia and the United States to eliminate their arsenals of short and medium-range nuclear missiles.
Nuclear and traditional missiles were no longer a threat to Europe and Alaska and the arms race stopped in response to the agreement.
TASS, Russia's state news agency, said Russia's deputy foreign minister Ryabkov promised to retaliate with "military-technical" actions if Trump kept his promise to withdraw.
"But we would prefer things did not go that far," he said.
Ryabkov said such a move & # 39; would be a very dangerous step & # 39; while accusing Washington of not complying with the rules.
Meanwhile, US allies urged Trump not to act hastily.
The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said: "We now urge the United States to consider the possible consequences."
US lawmakers from both political parties also doubted.
Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission, said Trump could only make minor adjustments to a renegotiated deal, just as he did with the North American trade agreement.
"This could be something like the fact that they were going to end NAFTA, and then they ended up negotiating some small changes," Corker said on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday.
"Then, this could be something, just a precursor, to try to get Russia to meet the requirements." Corker said.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said Monday that withdrawing would be "a strategic mistake that would weaken our national security and the safety of our key allies" in a statement that admitted that Moscow was violating the agreement.
He was concerned that by abandoning the agreement, the United States would "accelerate a nuclear arms race" with Russia and other nuclear-capable nations.
"President Trump must lead non-proliferation efforts throughout the world, without undermining existing treaties. "Instead of abandoning another nuclear agreement, it should work with our NATO allies to counter the deployment of banned weapons in Russia and look for ways to reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries," he said.