U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met in Moscow with top Russian officials Oct. 22, less than 48 hours after Trump declared he intended to pull the United States out of a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty.
National security adviser John Bolton and Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, discussed arms control, Syria, Iran, North Korea and the fight against terrorism, according to the Security Council.
In the talks, Patrushev emphasized the importance of maintaining the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Security Council said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
Trump had said Oct. 20 that Russia violated the treaty that prohibits the U.S. and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.
He said the U.S. would build more midrange nuclear weapons unless Russia and China “come to their senses” and agree not to possess or develop them. (Reuters)