Trump wants to meet Putin in Paris on November 11: Bolton

Trump wants to meet Putin in Paris on November 11: Bolton

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that the United States would increase its nuclear arsenal until other nations "come to their senses", threatening an arms race days after he said he would withdraw the USA from a Cold War nuclear treaty.

The INF Treaty was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Regan, according to which, all United States and Soviet-Union land-based ballistic and cruise missiles, ranging between 500 and 5,500 kilometers must be banned.

He said Russian officials want to get more information about the USA plans regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in their talks with Bolton.

Donald Trump wishes to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when the two visit Paris on November 11 for World War I commemorations, the U.S. president's National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Tuesday.

Trump noted that China was not a party to the agreement, but said, "They should be included".

Trump repeated on Monday that Russian Federation had not adhered to the Cold War-era treaty and said his vow to increase the U.S. nuclear stockpile included a posture against China as well.

Speaking at a news conference after the talks with Putin, Bolton emphasized that the USA has been confident that Russian Federation has violated the treaty by testing and deploying a ground-based cruise missile. He rebuffed the USA claim that Russian Federation had violated terms of the agreement that bans the US and Russian Federation from building, testing, and stockpiling ground-launched nuclear missiles with a range from 500 to 5,000 km.

"How do you ask the Russians to come back into compliance with something they don't think they're violating?" said Bolton, noting the US has been fruitlessly demanding the Russians comply since the Obama administration. "We have more money than anybody else by far, we'll build it up until they come to their senses".

"It was underlined that its abrogation would deal a serious blow to the entire worldwide system of nuclear non-proliferation and arms control", the council's statement said.

Patrushev and Bolton also discussed a possible five-year extension of another pivotal arms control agreement between Russian Federation and the US - the New START Treaty that went into force in 2011 and is set to expire in 2021, the statement said.

"Honestly speaking, we are sometimes surprised to see that the United States sometimes takes absolutely unjustified measures against Russian Federation which we can't call friendly", he said.

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Putin will meet with Bolton on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to state-run news agency TASS.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, warned Monday that the USA withdrawal from the treaty would "make the world a more risky place".

Trump has accused Russian Federation of building and testing missiles that violate the 1987 treaty.

Russian Federation has denied violating the INF agreement and says USA missile defense systems are a violation.

He scoffed at critics' claims that the US pullout would be destabilizing, pointing at the USA pullback from another Cold War-era arms control pact - the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that was described as a cornerstone of strategic stability. It prohibited the USA and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (300 to 3,400 miles).

"In the absence of any credible answer from Russian Federation on this new missile, allies believe that the most plausible assessment would be that Russian Federation is in violation of the INF Treaty", she said.

The European Union warned Trump to assess the potential impact of abandoning a 40-year-old arms control agreement.

The EU said that along with urging Russian Federation to stick to the treaty, it encouraged "the United States to consider the consequences of its possible withdrawal from the INF on its own security, on the security of its allies and of the whole world". "But I didn't bring any more olives".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "still hopes that the two countries will engage to solve the disagreements", U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday.

Later, he called Trump's intention to withdraw from the treaty an "extremely dangerous" move that would "make the world more risky".

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