The strategic security issues, the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine, as well as the Korean settlement, discussed in Moscow the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and assistant to the President for national security John Bolton. One and a half hour meeting was held behind closed doors in a working lunch format.
Then, in the course of negotiations with the Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev Bolton discussed the situation around the Treaty on the reduction of intermediate-range and shorter-range on on the background of statements of the President of the trump of intention to withdraw from this agreement.
The Chairman of the State Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky commented:
“With regard to the US withdrawal from the Treaty on intermediate and short range – in my opinion, it’s just a peculiar Tramp “pugalka”, a preventive measure in case if something will go with Bolton as destructive from the point of view of Washington. And I hope that in negotiations with Bolton although it is present, can be difficult – but still common sense will be enough to somehow, bit by bit, to build sound relations between Russia and the United States.”
At the meeting with Patrushev, Bolton said, think about the withdrawal from the Treaty, the United States led “global challenges and the situation in the middle East and in Iran.
With us on line – Director of the Stockholm University for peace Dan Smith:
“It’s not for nothing are talking about arms control. These are the weapons that each country may have in accordance with the agreement. The agreement is intended to guarantee that neither party will not act suddenly.”
The Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles was signed in 1987, and a year later entered into force. In recent years Moscow and Washington have repeatedly exchanged accusations of violating it.