Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

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

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

In addition to the issue of election interference, Bolton discussed a wide range of issues with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, including arms agreements, Syria, Iran, North Korea and the fight against terrorism according to a tweet by the USA embassy in Russia. He said Moscow also was aware of Washington's doubts about extending another landmark nuclear treaty and its plans to deploy elements of missile defense in space.

He said he had engaged in lengthy discussions with Putin about the planned US withdrawal. "So, a question: has the eagle eaten all the olives and left only arrows?" Putin asked with a laugh.

Both leaders will be in Paris for the November 11 World War I commemorations, which 60 heads of state and government are expected to attend.

The U.S. intends to follow through on President Trump's threat to leave a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation.

In the meeting, Putin proposed that he and Donald trump would meet on the sidelines of the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, in Paris.

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

Without specifying how Russian Federation violated the treaty, Trump Saturday appeared to say Moscow will not get away with it. "Russia has violated the agreement".

The Russian leader further demonstrated his knowledge of USA symbols, citing the motto written on the scroll the eagle holds in its beak - "Out of Many, One" - as reflecting the need to find common ground despite various viewpoints. 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. "It is Russia's position that they are not in violation", Bolton told reporters, noting that officials in the Obama administration had also alleged Russian violations of the pact dating back at least to 2013 - and had also been met with denials. The U.S. has not filed its formal notice of withdrawal yet, though he says it will be done "in due course".

He also pointed at China's massive intermediate-range capability as another key concern.

"The reality is, the treaty was outmoded, being violated and being ignored by other countries", Bolton said. "Under that view, exactly one country was constrained by the INF Treaty - the United States".

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

Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons - the coalition that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize - said, "By declaring he will leave the INF Treaty, President Trump has shown himself to be a demolition man who has no ability to build real security".

"So one has to ask, how do you convince the Russians to come back into compliance with obligations they don't think they're violating?"

Later, he called Trump's intention to withdraw from the treaty an "extremely dangerous" move that would "make the world more unsafe". "It's important to figure out if it's possible or not".

Russian Federation has denied it is in violation of the treaty, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev - who signed the deal with US President Ronald Reagan in 1987 - said the US announcement was "very irresponsible".

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

Bolton discussed the fate of the three-decade-old treaty in Moscow with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev ahead of a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

He added that Russian Federation and the USA should build up their cooperation in Syria that helped to prevent major incidents in the sky or on the ground.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) and Russian Security Council chairman Nikolai Patrushev talk prior their official talks in Moscow on October 22, 2018.

On Wednesday, Peskov said Russian and the USA had also discussed the possibility of Putin visiting Washington, D.C. "Russian discussions with respect to Syria have been useful, productive and professional, and we hope we can extend those conversations through a number of other ways that you mentioned, and even more", he said. The removal of such destabilizing weapons would in theory allow more time for decision-making in case of a warning of a missile attack.

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