An administration official confirmed on Friday that during his meetings next week with Russian officials, National Security Adviser John Bolton will inform Russia that the U.S. intends to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty, also known as the INF, Fox News reports.
“Across two administrations, the United States and our allies have attempted to bring Russia back into full and verifiable compliance with INF,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Despite our objections, Russia continues to produce and field prohibited cruise missiles and has ignored calls for transparency.”
“Russia must return to compliance with the INF Treaty or the U.S. will need to respond to its cavalier disregard of the treaty’s specific limits. Make no mistake: The current situation, with Russia in blatant violation of this treaty, is untenable. We will respond as we think is appropriate. But we are trying to bring them still back into compliance. Now is the time. It’s gone on long enough.”
Bolton’s last visit to Russia was in August, where he met with Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev in an effort to “restore lines of communication” between the two countries following a break down in relations after Russia’s annexing of Crimea back in 2014.
However, neither side managed to agree on a joint statement after Bolton insisted on including Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election while maintaining that sanctions would not be lifted until the country changed its behavior.
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