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

withdrawal.

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

War.

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