Trump, Putin to meet in Paris next month, Bolton says

Minnie Murray
October 24, 2018

"Until they come to their senses".

Bolton told reporters that he has discussed continuing concerns with Russian meddling in elections and that he had lengthy discussions with Putin on arms control and trumps decision to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The agreement has helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles from the United States and Russian Federation, and Trump's plans have raised concerns of a renewed arms race between the two nations.

Asked if that was a threat to Putin, Trump said: "It's a threat to whoever you want. And it includes anybody else that wants to play that game", he said, adding that China "should be included in the agreement". You can't do that. "You can't play that game".

China was not a party to the original agreement, and Trump argued that it should be included in the treaty. "We'll build it up", he told reporters at the White House.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has hinted that a key arms control pact with Russian Federation may have run its course.

"In the end, this is about not extending the New START Treaty", she says. In weapons speak, that means 500 to 5,500 kilometers, so, for instance, from Russian Federation to Western Europe and vice versa, but not from Russian Federation to Los Angeles. "This action is completely unreasonable".

"What the meddling did create was distrust and animosity within the United States", Bolton said Tuesday, "and particularly made it nearly impossible for two years for the United States and Russian Federation to make progress diplomatically".

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

Defense advocates in Washington say the INF treaty keeps the US from developing a new generation of weapons in a world that faces new global security challenges. Those states, he said, include China and North Korea. At the time the agreement was signed, it was greeted as a landmark gesture of conciliation between the USA and the Soviet Union - but now, more than three decades later, Bolton says Russian Federation is taking advantage of the bargain.

He emphasized that the Russian interference has caused "distress and animosity" across the U.S., effectively blocking the possibility of improving Russia-U.S. ties. -China relations have deteriorated on virtually every front, from trade to cyber-security to geopolitical flash points like Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The treaty, banning intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles, was signed in 1987 by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader.

He also pointed at China's massive intermediate-range capability as another key concern. "However, it can not be done without addressing the remaining questions regarding the US compliance". Guam hosts a major USA naval base for the Pacific Ocean.

"To defend our core interests, we would have to push ahead with the modest development of medium-range missiles", Yang said.

It is unclear if China would be willing to accept a new missile deal with the U.S. and Russian Federation, considering the current size of its missile arsenal and strategic interests in Taiwan, the South China Sea and the East China Sea. The weapons may be based in Japan, or at the USA naval base in Guam where it would face little political opposition, the Times reported.

"I don't know whether they will succeed or not, but I think it's not too late yet", he said.

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