US will leave nuclear treaty at right time, says white house advisor

 Washington is moving ahead with its plan to withdraw from a nuclear treaty, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, signaling that a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not change the White House's view.
 Bolton attended a 90-minute meeting with Putin in the Kremlin, where the Russian president criticized the United States for what he described as a series of free measures against Moscow.
 Russia has said that if US President Donald Trump fulfills his promise to withdraw the country from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Moscow will be forced to respond to the same extent to restore military balance.
 Even so, speaking at a news conference after meeting with Putin, Bolton gave no indication of a change of view on the treaty.
 "There is a new strategic reality," Bolton said, adding that a Cold War treaty no longer meets the demands of today's world.
"The formal notice of withdrawal has not yet been fulfilled, but this will be done at the appropriate time."
 Earlier, in early remarks during the meeting with Bolton, Putin made a critical reference to the United States.
 "We hardly respond to their measures, but they keep coming," Putin told Bolton.
 "On the coat of arms of the United States there is an eagle holding 13 arrows in one claw and one olive branch in the other." My question is if your eagle devoured all the olives by leaving only the arrows? "
 Signed by then-US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty called for the elimination of short and medium-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.

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