'Russia will react if U.S. ships new missiles to Europe'

Bolton meets with Moscow after Trump threatens to exit landmark nuclear weapons treaty

The treaty forbids Russian Federation and the have, produce or test ground-launched medium-range missiles with a range of between 300-3,400 miles. Asked if the pact could be rescued if Russia comes back to compliance, Bolton said it's hard to expect that given Russian denials. "Under that view, exactly one country was constrained by the INF Treaty - the United States".

The Russian president said that if Washington moved to abandon the INF and placed more missiles in Europe, Russia would respond "in kind".

"I don't understand why we should put Europe in such a grave danger", he said. "I see no reason for that".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Many had been deployed along the periphery of Eastern Europe, which meant they would take only eight minutes to travel to their targets compared to the half-hour intercontinental ballistic missiles would take.

Putin said dismantling a global arms control system was "very unsafe", adding Russian Federation was concerned about the fact that the United States had already abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, planned to ditch the INF, and that the future of the New START was unclear.

Trump has said that the United States will develop new intermediate-range missiles unless Russian Federation and China agree to halt development of their own. "We can, and it will be very fast and very effective", he said. "It was the accusation against us that we have ostensibly violated it".

According to reports, Putin hopes to discuss the INF pact with Trump on November 11, when the two leaders will be at an event marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"We are ready to work with our American partners without any hysterics", he added.

The issue has proved divisive among members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

But scrapping the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty also serves another key Trump goal: intensifying military pressure on China.

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Berlin said it "regrets" Washington's decision, adding that it urged Russia to "dispel the serious doubts about its adherence to the treaty that had arisen as a result of a new type of Russian missile".

The European Union says the pact is a cornerstone of European security and is urging Russian Federation and the United States to uphold it, but Stoltenberg did not encourage the U.S., the biggest and most influential member of NATO, to stay in the treaty.

Reactions have been even more pointed in Europe, where the European Union asserted in a statement Monday that "the world doesn't need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary, would bring even more instability". He noted that it "concerns a category of weapons that would reach Europe - not the continental United States".

According to Korb, declining to sign the treaty along with exiting the INF is akin to the USA passing up vital opportunities to monitor Russia's activities and working together to curb nuclear competition.

The analysis noted that Russian Federation has countered by accusing the US of itself violating the INF by deploying a "component" of the so-called Mark 41 Vertical Launch System, using other "banned missiles" in military tests, and asserting that American armed drones are effectively banned cruise missiles - all allegations that Washington denies.

President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference in the White House, April 12, 2017.

US President Donald Trump at the weekend announced his intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed in 1987 between the US and the Soviet Union.

"Defense Minister Shoigu is aware of the larger global context, that this is a bilateral treaty from the Cold War days", Bolton told the BBC. Russia, which shares a border with Norway, has been briefed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on the exercises and invited to monitor them, but the move has still angered Moscow.

Speaking on a trip to Belarus, Shoigu also warned that Poland's plan to permanently host a us army division would affect regional stability and trigger a Russian response. He said Moscow wanted the same thing.