Bolton arrives in Russian Federation for talks on nuclear treaty

"Until people come to their senses we will build it up" Trump told reporters Monday at the White House referring to the US nuclear arsenal

An administration with little love for treaties and the limits they place on the exercise of American power is about to scrap another one - this time the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the us will withdraw from an arms-control treaty that the USA says Russian Federation has violated by developing a new cruise missile.

Spurred on by Mr. Bolton - the preeminent hawk in the White House and a longtime critic of the treaty signed with Russian Federation in 1987 - Trump says he'll withdraw from what he considers another bad global deal for the USA, one he and arms control experts agree Russian Federation has been violating for years.

Trump and Putin held their first bilateral summit in Helsinki in July, after which the USA president came under strong criticism at home for adopting a very conciliatory tone with his Russian counterpart.

China is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which the United States signed with the then Soviet Union in the 1980s, but Trump said Monday that Beijing should be included in the accord.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said.

"Donald Trump came into office with a disdain for worldwide institutions and multilateral cooperation, and now those impulses are being encouraged by John Bolton in the area of arms control", says Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association in Washington. U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have long criticized Russian Federation for testing a cruise missile that they say is banned under the accord. Without renewal, that treaty would expire in 2021.

An undaunted Mr Trump then extended an invitation to Mr Putin to visit the USA, prompting a reciprocal offer from the Russian leader.

Belousov said Russian President Vladimir Putin "has confirmed our principled readiness to study the possibility of the treaty's extension".

The BGM-109G, a ground-launched cruise missile shown here at the National Museum of the US Air Force, was one of the US weapons banned by the INF.

That threat is now being revived between the USA and Russian Federation with charges and counter-charges, provoking new expressions of alarm in Europe.

Countries around the globe urged the stay in the three-decade-old arms control treaty with Russian Federation.

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Lavrov said he was waiting to hear Bolton's "official explanation" regarding Trump's intentions, adding that for the moment the United States side has not initiated the official procedure for exiting the treaty.

"Russia has not adhered to the agreement".

The landmark treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 and led to almost 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles being eliminated.

"Ruining the treaty in a situation where even hints at concluding a new one do not exist is something that we do not welcome", he said in comments carried by state news agency TASS. "But I didn't bring any more olives".

John Bolton, White House national security advisor, said recent Chinese statements suggest it wanted Washington to stay in the treaty.

Not bound by the nuclear arms treaty, China has built and deployed a sophisticated and modern missile arsenal that means it can target USA and allied military assets in the Asia-Pacific region, including its aircraft carriers and airbases.

Trump said the United States has "more money than anybody else, by far" to build up its arsenal.

The deployment of the US missiles had provoked mass protests, particularly in Germany, over the fear that the arms buildup threatened to turn Europe into the main battlefield in a US-Soviet nuclear war. Conversely, the announcement could also allow Russian Federation to blame Washington for the treaty's demise, while pursuing an arsenal of nuclear missiles more freely. -Russian relations, which have been badly strained by discord over issues including Moscow's interference in Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 election that Trump won.

What does the INF say?

"This is the logic of an arms race", he said. It was a major landmark for nuclear nonproliferation; as the Arms Control Association explains, "The treaty marked the first time the superpowers had agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals, eliminate an entire category of nuclear weapons, and utilize extensive on-site inspections for verification".

Advocates for the treaty say New START benefits both directly by limiting the number of weapons deployed, and in indirect ways through information gathered.

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