USA national security adviser says Russian meddling has created 'mistrust'

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In explaining his decision, Trump told reporters in Washington that Russian Federation had "not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself". And Russia will no longer just violate the treaty with select development and deployment of weaponry; it will likely refocus its resources on the buildup of a land-based arsenal of short- and intermediate- range missiles.

He argued that, with Russian Federation in violation and other countries not bound by the INF, only the United States remains limited by the treaty.

Bolton met with Putin at the Kremlin on Tuesday, where he came to explain the United States exit from the INF.

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. "I don't think that's necessarily what Donald Trump wants, but he's blundering into that direction with the path he's taking with withdrawal from INF".

It is unclear if China would be willing to accept a new missile deal with the U.S. and Russian Federation, considering the current size of its missile arsenal and strategic interests in Taiwan, the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin plan to meet in Paris next month, officials said on Tuesday, their first encounter since a summit in Helsinki that unleashed a storm of criticism that Trump was cozying up to the Kremlin. "When they do, then we'll all be smart and we'll all stop".

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He maintained that Russian Federation was in violation of the treaty going back to missile tests in 2008, and that the United States has struggled to resolve the issue since 2013, without success.

"China would have little choice but to spend more on the military - read less on the economy - or come to the negotiating table to come to an agreement about mid-range systems", said Nagy.

The deal banned the production and deployment by the USA and Russian Federation of land-based ballistic missiles-both conventional and nuclear-with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310-3,420 miles).

However, whether from the sea or the ground, increased U.S. missile capability has huge significance for China's regional security, which according to Chinese military experts, would require a response.

The meeting on Tuesday followed discussions between Bolton and top Russian officials, including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, in which the national security adviser laid out Trump 's issues with the 31-year-old Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The US now wants to leave the INF. How are we going to try and counter that? The European Union said the two sides "need to remain engaged in constructive dialog to preserve the treaty", while China said the move would generate "multiple negative effects".

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Speaking during a visit to Moscow, Bolton said there was no evidence that the meddling - which Russian Federation has denied - materially affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, but that it did create mistrust toward Russian Federation.

Yet the over-arching concern of many arms control experts is that the United States decision on INF will set the stage for mounting tensions and unbridled efforts by the major powers to out-arm each other with nuclear weapons.

"How we respond [on INF] could affect the Russian response in the future", Miller says, "but I wouldn't make any leaps of faith at this point".

Bell doubted that a withdrawal from the treaty would cause a serious rupture of the current strategic balance.

China called upon Washington to "think twice" before ripping up the arms control treaty.

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