Donald Trump "Wishes To Meet" Vladimir Putin On November 11

Arturo Kim
October 24, 2018

During a news conference afterward, Trump said he believed Putin when Putin asserted that Russian Federation didn't interfere in the 2016 election.

Russian Federation however has warned that abandoning the agreement would be a major blow to global security.

While Beijing is not a signatory to the 1987 treaty, Trump said abandoning the arms control pact was a threat to China, Russia and "anybody else that wants to play that game", and that the USA would build up its nuclear arsenal.

National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Tuesday.

Not bound by the nuclear arms treaty, China has built and deployed a sophisticated and modern missile arsenal that means it can target U.S. and allied military assets in the Asia-Pacific region, including its aircraft carriers and airbases.

Trump said he was pulling out of the treaty because Russian Federation has "been violating it for many years".

As it would take time to build new nuclear-tipped missiles, the USA was preparing to modify existing weapons, including its non-nuclear Tomahawk missiles, and was likely to deploy them first in Asia, the New York Times reported, citing officials who have been briefed on the issue.

John Bolton is expected to discuss Trump's plan to jettison the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

"Withdrawing unilaterally from the treaty will have a multilateral impact", Hua said. "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons (while) we're not allowed to".

"In fact, both the president and Mr Bolton made a decision to abandon mutual accusations and hold this serious, normal substantive conversation, and they did", he said, according to Interfax. The only impact it had, he suggested, was to worsen relations between Moscow and Russian Federation.

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Signed by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the INF treaty required the elimination of all short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe. The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the USA and its allies in Europe and the Far East.

Bolton said he has had very comprehensive and very productive discussions with Russian officials and said we will make the precise arrangements for a meeting to happen.

The European Union warned Trump of a potential impact on European security if he chose to go ahead and leave the INF treaty. On Monday, Moscow warned that a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty would prompt Russian Federation to do what's necessary to preserve strategic stability. But we're going to get to the bottom of it.

Bolton was scheduled to fly to Moscow on September 11, 2001, to give notice that the USA was withdrawing from the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty, he reminded reporters.

He said he had engaged in lengthy discussions with Putin about the planned USA withdrawal.

In addition to beefing up its nuclear arsenal, Belousov said, the U.S.is developing a global ballistic missile defence.

About 95 per cent of the missiles available to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force would violate the INF Treaty if Beijing were a signatory, Lee charges.

"The world doesn't need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary would bring even more instability".

China also has a wide range of nuclear weapon delivery systems. We will not only stop, we'll reduce, which I would love to do.

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