Trump to Meet Putin Again Next Month After Another White House Reversal

Vladimir Putin and John Bolton

Afterwards, Trump's Democratic Party opponents, and some members of his own Republican Party, accused him of failing to stand up to Putin, especially over allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential elections.

Trump said China, too, should be included in the accord. And it includes China, and it includes Russian Federation, and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game.

In April 2017, the former commander of US forces in the Pacific, Harry Harris, warned the US Senate that the US had "no comparable capability" to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) rocket force because of US' adherence to the INF treaty.

"It needs to be emphasized that it is completely wrong to bring up China when talking about withdrawal from the treaty", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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

These include China's DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), which has a maximum range of 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and which the Pentagon says can threaten USA land and sea-based forces as far away as the Pacific island of Guam.

Russian Federation however has warned that abandoning the agreement would be a major blow to global security.

The Kremlin denied any such violation and suggested that it was Washington - and not Moscow - that had failed to comply with the pact. That session, in Helsinki, brought extensive criticism for Trump's apparent willingness to accept at face value Putin's denial that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election.

The US decision was backed by the United Kingdom, with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson accusing Russian Federation of being "in breach" of the treaty.

Signed by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the INF treaty required the elimination of all short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters Monday that it was "wrong" for the U.S. to cite China as a reason to pull out of the treaty, which he said was important for "maintaining global strategic balance and stability".

"For many years, China has mostly relied on land-based nuclear weapons as its strategic deterrent", Zhao wrote.

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

On the issue, the White House and the Pentagon are on the same wavelength.

"In the end, this is about not extending the New START Treaty", she says.

Putin told his American guest that he would like to speak with him not only as an assistant to President Trump, but as an expert in the field of disarmament and arms control.

But the document also refers to missiles developed by China, which has in recent years sought to assert its military supremacy in Asia.

Suggestions of a new arms race between the U.S. and Russian Federation have been brewing over the past two years, since Russian Federation deployed a cruise missile in what United States officials said was an INF treaty violation.

John Bolton arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks with senior Russian officials including Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Scrapping the treaty forces Russian Federation to take steps for its own security".

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