Moscow, US national security adviser John
Bolton is in Moscow for talks after Russia gave a frosty reception to
news the US was dropping a nuclear treaty.
President Donald Trump said Russia had violated the
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and the US planned to
withdraw as a result.
The treaty, which was signed in 1987, restricted US and Russian
short- and medium-range nuclear missiles.
Bolton is reported to have been a key voice pushing for the
He is due to meet senior officials during his pre-planned visit,
but may now meet President Vladimir Putin too.
As Bolton began his visit today, the Kremlin warned it would take
steps to maintain the balance of nuclear power.
“We need to hear the American side’s explanation on this issue,”
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Scrapping the treaty forces Russia to
take steps for its own security”.
The INF treaty was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, in the final years of the Cold
It banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range
of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles) – both nuclear and
conventional – effectively reducing the perceived threat to European
nations from Soviet missiles.
It has stayed in effect for three decades, but President Trump said
Russia had not adhered to the deal, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency