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    Patrushev Meets With Bolton, Discuss INF Treaty Amid US Plans to Exit It

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev met on Monday with US National Security Adviser John Bolton in Moscow to discuss a number of security issues, including the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the press service of the Russian Security Council said.

    "In the context of US President Donald Trump's recent announcement of US intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Russian side has again voiced its principal position on the importance of maintaining the treaty in force, and has also voiced its readiness to work together on eliminating the mutual claims related to the implementation of this treaty," the press service said in a statement.

    The Russian top security official underlined that a possible US withdrawal might undermine the international security system.

    "It has been emphasized that the termination [of the treaty] would be a heavy blow for the entire international legal system of non-proliferation and arms control," the statement said.

    The talks took place days after US President Donald Trump announced that Washington mulled to exit from the treaty over the alleged Russian violations of the agreement.

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    The sides also discussed extending the New START treaty by five years after 2021.

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    The Russian Security Council said Patrushev and Bolton substantively discussed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Open Skies Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxin Weapons.

    In addition, both sides voiced a number of initiatives, the implementation of which could contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust and strengthening cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

    The statement said the Patrushev-Bolton meeting was an important step to implement agreements reached during the talks between Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki.

    Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Adviser John Bolton discussed at their meeting in Moscow the situation with the Iran deal, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and international treaties, the Russian Security Council said in a statement Monday.

    "Nikolai Patrushev and John Bolton touched upon issues of further development of the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, discussed the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula," the statement said.

    The Russian Security Council noted that the meeting was held in a constructive and businesslike atmosphere. Both sides reaffirmed interest in the resumption of Russian-American contacts through the relevant ministries and security bodies in the area of combating terrorism, drug-trafficking and illegal migration.

    In addition, Patrushev and Bolton voiced a number of initiatives whose implementation could contribute to promoting an atmosphere of trust and strengthening cooperation between Russia and the United States. They also agreed to continue the bilateral dialogue between the security councils of the two countries.

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    Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), INF treaty, John Bolton, Nikolai Patrushev, Russia, United States
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