Putin to Europeans: You'll risk becoming targets

Trump: U.S. Will ‘Build Up’ Nuclear Arsenal Until Other Nations ‘Come To Their Senses’

Putin asked with a laugh.

The US official said the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, a key Soviet-era agreement abandoned by George W. Bush, was previously considered a cornerstone of global security, but that the world had remained safe without it.

Last week, Putin said a nuclear strike against Russian Federation would unleash a "global catastrophe" because "retaliation is inevitable" on the part of his country.

The provision cites several State Department reports dating back to 2014 that determined Russian Federation violated the treaty, which bars Washington and Moscow from possessing short- and medium-range nuclear missiles.

"We in the Foreign Ministry have begun preparations for the upcoming contact [between Putin and Trump]..." -Derek Johnson, Global ZeroThe treaty resulted in the destruction of almost 900 US missiles and more than 1,800 missiles belonging to the then-Soviet Union, as it banned the use of nuclear weapons with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg struck a conciliatory note on Wednesday, stating that the alliance is not considering deploying any more nuclear missiles in Europe in response to the alleged "Russia threat".

Putin said dismantling a global arms control system was "very risky", adding Russian Federation was concerned about the fact that the United States had already abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, planned to ditch the INF, and that the future of the New START was unclear.

"The fact was that the outcome would have been the same by all the evidence we have", said Bolton after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top lieutenants.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the news of an impending usa pullout: "If the United States does withdraw from the INF treaty, the main question is what they will do with these newly available missiles".

Italy's Conte said his country was also concerned about a possible collapse of the INF agreement, adding he would speak to Trump on the subject.

Moscow has said that the USA would effectively unleash a new arms race if it unilaterally quits the agreement.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 USA presidential election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and aid Republican Donald Trump's candidacy. He warned that the USA will begin developing such weapons unless Russian Federation and China agree not to possess or develop them.

China has so far dodged questions of whether it would be willing to join a treaty like the INF and Mr. Putin dismissed the notion Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump waves to a crowd before leaving a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 in Elko, Nev. That would leave little time to decide on a response, and both of these Cold War adversaries found it better to eliminate the nukes rather than risk nuclear Armageddon.

But Mr. Bolton said Tuesday said the "threat" is not from a potential "American withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the threat is the Russian missiles already deployed".

"In his first move, he engineered the horrifying USA withdrawal from the Iran anti-nuclear deal, over the screams of America's national security leaders and our European allies".

He added that election interference was "a major obstacle" to achieving agreement on issues where the two countries have a shared interest.

National Security adviser John Bolton held high-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, directly confronting Moscow's anger over US plans to withdraw from a landmark arms control treaty in place since the Cold War.

"It's being discussed right now", Trump said, referring to a "Mike Bolton" currently in Moscow negotiating the talks (he was presumably referring to national security adviser John Bolton).

"I am confident that even small steps will benefit our relations and will help rebuild trust", the defense minister said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Speaking after his meeting with Patrushev, Bolton said the Russians had insisted that Moscow did not violate the treaty.

"In fact, both the president and Mr Bolton made a decision to abandon mutual accusations and hold this serious, normal substantive conversation, and they did", he said, according to Interfax.

While Russia denies violating the INF, the Obama and Trump administrations have accused Moscow of breaking it, most notably through the deployment of a so-called "9M729 Cruise Missile System".

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