U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in Moscow to tell Russian officials that America plans to withdraw from a historic Cold War nuclear deal.
Bolton met with Russian National Security Head Nikolai Patrushev, Russia's news agency, on Monday, RIA Novosti said, citing Patrushev's press office. Later, Bolton was dining with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian Foreign Ministry, photographs of the US delegation sitting at an elaborate table opposite Russian officials.
Bolton spends two days in Moscow will meet on Tuesday with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and later President Vladimir Putin. The trip is expected to be dominated by Trump's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces or the INF Treaty.
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the US will withdraw from the INF's treaty. The announcement sparked fierce criticism from arms control advocates and former US officials who said they were removing an important security measure and shut out a symbolic pillar of confidence between Russia and the US after the end of the Cold War in a moment Confrontation
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The agreement replaced thousands of missiles and was hailed as a springboard to the end of the Cold War. But for several years, the US and Russia have been accusing each other of violating the agreement. Under the Obama administration, the US has claimed that Russia has disregarded part of the agreement by secretly developing and deploying new cruise missiles.
Trump cited injuries on Saturday when he stated that the US would now withdraw from the treaty
"They have been hurting for many years and I do not know why President Obama did not negotiate or move out," Trump told reporters in Nevada.
"We will not let them violate a nuclear deal and make weapons, and we can not, we are the ones who stayed in the agreement and we have complied with the agreement, but unfortunately Russia has not complied with the agreement, so we will retreat. "
Russia has long denied the US allegations, claiming that a US missile defense system in Europe violates the treaty.
Since Trump's announcement, Russian officials have criticized the decision to withdraw, undercutting the system of weapons control that h
On Monday, when Bolton met with Patrushev, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he Bolton wants to get more detailed explanations why the US is leaving the contract and rejecting it "categorically" Russia is in violation. Peskov warned that Russia must take steps to "restore balance" if the US began to develop weapons that are prohibited in the treaty.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said before meeting with Bolton that the US had not yet triggered the withdrawal mechanism after six months, which is integrated into the Treaty
The withdrawal of the Trump government from the INF Treaty is the first Times that the US gave up a major arms deal since President George W. Bush unilaterally ended the anti-ballistic missile agreement with Russia in 2002.
The decision was made with a chorus of critics of arms control advocates as well as some former US officials who believe that leaving the treaty will free Russia's hand and give little back to the US in return. 19659003] Members of Trump's Republican Party have also voiced their concern that they may unravel the decades-long international system of nuclear arms control and urge the President to negotiate rather than give up the treaty. "I hope we will not go the extra mile to undo much of the nuclear arms control we've introduced," said Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CNN on Sunday. "I think that would be a big mistake."
Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the INF with Reagan, condemned Trump's decision and said on Sunday that "Washington has chosen the irresponsible way." Gorbachev said that the governments of Russia and the US still have to try to save the agreement. "I think the train has not left the station," RIA Novosti quoted him.