National Security Adviser John Bolton met with his Russian counterpart on Monday, less than 48 hours after President Trump said he would withdraw the U.S. from a landmark 1987 nuclear weapons treaty because Moscow had violated it. Bolton and Russian Security Council chairman Nikolai Patrushev discussed arms control agreements, but also Syria, Iran, North Korea, and counterterrorism. Patrushev stressed that it was important to maintain the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and reaffirmed Russia’s “readiness for joint work to consider mutual complaints regarding the treaty’s implementation,” the Security Council said. In its statement, the Security Council also said that ditching the treaty “would deal a serious blow to the entire international system of nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.”
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