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 US intends to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty, also known as the INF. It prohibits the United States and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.
In Washington, the U.S. military cast doubt on Putin's claims, the Reuters news agency reported.
Bolton also is expected to emphasize USA desire to maintain sanctions against North Korea to pressure Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear weapons program.
Washington believes Moscow is developing a ground-launched system in breach of the INF treaty that could allow Moscow to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.
"We'll have to develop those weapons, unless Russian Federation comes to us and China comes to us and they all come to us and say 'let's really get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons, ' but if Russia's doing it and if China's doing it, and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable", he said.
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In March, Mr Putin unveiled what he said was a new arsenal of advanced weaponry including nuclear devices immune to enemy interception.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton was headed Saturday to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
Putin and Trump met last in Helsinki, Finland, where Trump was criticized for appearing to doubt USA intelligence conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.
But they may have more substantive talks on the fringes of a G-20 summit in Argentina later in November.
At the same time, the Russian president sharply criticized Washington's reliance on sanctions against Russia and others, saying the instrument of punishment "undermines trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency".