Russia Pledges 'Balance' If US Quits Nuclear Pact; Trump Eyes More Weapons

Russia Pledges 'Balance' If US Quits Nuclear Pact; Trump Eyes More Weapons

Russia Pledges 'Balance' If US Quits Nuclear Pact; Trump Eyes More Weapons

Bolton meets in Moscow Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin to explain why President Donald Trump wants to pull the USA out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Trump has confirmed that he would withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russian Federation that limited the number of missiles in the two nations, accusing Moscow of violating the deal.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 US presidential election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and aid Republican Donald Trump's candidacy. "I don't think that's necessarily what Donald Trump wants, but he's blundering into that direction with the path he's taking with withdrawal from INF".

He adds that we are a long way from decisions on deploying USA missiles in Europe and says the U.S. has not yet taken a decision on new sanctions against Russian Federation.

Mr. Peskov told journalists on Monday that ditching the treaty "will make the world more dangerous" and rejected US claims that Moscow has violated the pact, instead accusing Washington of doing so.

Putin said: "It would be useful to continue a direct dialogue with the president of the United States. for example in Paris, if the American side is interested".

Bolton claimed in an interview on Monday that Moscow's interference didn't have a major impact on the 2016 election, and said he told his Russian counterparts that they shouldn't attempt to meddle again "because you're not advancing Russian interest". What does the INF breach mean?

Still, he agrees with many of his colleagues in the national security community who say that the manner in which the Trump administration has gone about announcing its intentions to withdraw from INF will only hurt the US.

"China has developed numerous ground and air launched missile systems that far outrange USA systems", said Harris in his statement. "In this case it's Russian Federation, in order to restore the balance in this area", Peskov told reporters. China "hopes the United States remains in the INF treaty, and that's perfectly understandable".

The Cold War-era treaty banned medium-range missiles, reducing the perceived Soviet threat to European nations.

A United States withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could greatly escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

Putin in March used a concept video of unlimited range nuclear warheads apparently raining down on Florida to tout his country's new firepower.

"Until they get smart, there's going to be nobody that's going to be even close to us".

But both countries may have something to gain by ditching the agreement.

In a sign that the Pentagon was preparing for an INF withdrawal for months, the new Missile Defence Review - US policy on ballistic missiles - has not yet been published, despite its expected arrival in early 2018.

"We have more money than anybody else, by far".

The two countries also share some grievances over the treaty. And it includes China.

Defense Secretary James Mattis "is completely aligned with the president and he's in close contact with the president on this", said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning. "But nevertheless, Russian Federation and U.S. are still two key countries responsible for the world's stability and security".

"Right now, it's not very productive to read the tea leaves".

Yang Chengjun, a Chinese missile expert, told China's state-run Global Times that if the USA dropped out of the INF it would have a "negative" impact on China's national security.

Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the treaty in 1987 with then-US President Ronald Reagan, criticized Trump's plan as "unacceptable" and "very irresponsible", RIA Novosti reported.

Mr Bolton was told that the USA withdrawal would be a "serious blow" to the non-proliferation regime.

Bolton met Monday with several senior Russian officials before his talks with Putin.

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