MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin made fun of the official seal of the United States on Tuesday when he received US National Security Advisor Donald Trump. He had wondered if the American eagle had picked all the olives from the branch Talon.
While sitting in the Kremlin with John Bolton, Putin mentioned Trump's stated intention to pull the US out of an underlying arms control agreement. He said Moscow is also aware of Washington's doubts that another groundbreaking nuclear deal and its plans to use missile defense elements in space will be expanded.
The Russian leader then referred to the Great Seal of the United States, which includes a bald eagle with a bundle of 1
"I have a question: Did your eagle pick all the olives and only have arrows left?" Putin asked with a laugh.
While emphasizing the differences between Russia and the US, Putin also emphasized the need to maintain dialogue by saying that he was ready To meet Trump in Paris during the centenary commemoration next month that marks the end of the First World War. 19659002] Putin said that his last meeting with Trump in Helsinki had been useful in July, despite her tough discussions, adding that he would be open to meeting Trump in France "if the US side is interested in such contacts. "
Bolton responded that Trump would look forward to seeing Putin in Paris on the brink of events that took place 100 years ago since the ceasefire day, 11 November.
"Despite our differences, which exist because of our different national interests It is still important to work in areas where mutual cooperation is possible," Bolton said.
Bolton's Kremlin meeting with Putin was followed by two days of talks with leading Russian foreign and security officials.
"I hope I will have some answers for you," he said. "But I have not brought any olives."
"I thought so," joked Putin.
The Russian leader continued demonstrating his knowledge of US symbols, citing the motto written on the scroll, the eagle holds in its beak – "Off many, one "- as a reflection of the need to find common ground despite different perspectives.
Putin and Bolton laughed as they exchanged jokes at the beginning of the meeting, loosening their tone, which was a tense discussion in light of the Trump weekend statement on the abandonment of Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) confidence.
Bolton stressed at a press conference following the talks with Putin that the US was confident that Russia had breached the treaty by testing and deploying a ground-based cruise missile.
He said that the US has not yet formally terminated the pact, stressing that the threat is not the US's prospective withdrawal from the pact, but "the threat is that Russian missiles are already in use."
He also pointed out that China's massive medium-term capacity is another key concern.
"The contract was outdated, injured and ignored by other countries," Bolton said. "From this point of view, exactly one country was restricted by the INF Treaty – the United States."
He mocked critics' claims that the US withdrawal would be destabilizing, and pointed to the US withdrawal from a Cold War arms control pact – the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which was the cornerstone of the strategic Stability was described.
"It was not true then, and it will not be true now with the withdrawal from this treaty," he said.
He expressed skepticism that the treaty could be rescued by forcing Russia to comply by pointing out Moscow's denials.
"One has to ask oneself how to convince the Russians to again fulfill obligations that they do not believe will hurt them," he said.
Earlier Tuesday, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump had "taken a dangerous stance" by deciding to abandon an existing nuclear arms deal with Russia without offering anything to replace it.
"At the moment we have no prospects for a new deal," said Peskov. "It's important to find out if it's possible or not."
The contract was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It prohibited the US and Russia from producing, testing or testing ground-based nuclear cruisers and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (300 to 3,400 miles).
China was not party to the original agreement, and Trump argued that it should be included in the contract.
Other Russian officials emphasized the need for dialogue in their meetings with Bolton.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu praised Bolton for a two-day visit, saying that "even small steps can benefit our relations and restore confidence between the two countries."
He added that Russia and the US should expand their cooperation in Syria to prevent major incidents in the sky or on the ground.
Bolton told Shoigu he was in Moscow to work on Trump's commitment to improving security cooperation with Russia.
"We certainly share your view that the US-Russian discussions on Syria have been useful, productive and professional, and we hope that we can extend these discussions in a number of other ways you mentioned, and more" he said.
Signed in 1987, the INF treaty has been praised as an important global security protection by eliminating short-range missiles that take only minutes to reach their goals. The elimination of such destabilizing weapons would theoretically leave more time for decision-making in the event of a missile strike warning.
The European Union warned Trump of possible consequences for European security if he decided to leave the INF Treaty.
An EU statement on Monday called the pact an essential cornerstone of the European security structure, adding: "The world does not need a new arms race that would not benefit anyone and on the contrary would bring more instability."