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The Latest: Bolton: Russia hurt itself meddling in US vote

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov enter a hall for their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has met with top Russian officials after Trump declared he intended to pull out of a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on John Bolton’s meetings in Moscow (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says he raised the issue of the Russian meddling in the U.S. election during meetings in Russia, emphasizing that it has been detrimental to Moscow’s own interests.

Bolton, speaking Tuesday after two days of talks in Moscow, said he made the point during the discussions that the Russian meddling has been “particularly harmful for Russian-American relations without providing anything for them in return.”

He emphasized that the Russian interference has caused “distress and animosity” across the U.S., effectively blocking the possibility of improving Russia-U.S. ties.

Bolton noted that it has been a huge loss for both countries but particularly for Russia, adding that the lesson is “Don’t mess with American elections.”

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8:30 p.m.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says that Washington is convinced that Russia has violated a pivotal nuclear arms pact, citing it as the main reason for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to dump it.

Bolton, speaking Tuesday following two days of talks in Moscow, said the U.S. has determined that Russia has been in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty since 2013.

He said the threat to Europe isn’t the prospective U.S. withdrawal from the pact but “the threat is the Russian missiles already deployed.”

Moscow has denied any violations. Asked if the pact could be rescued if Russia comes back to compliance, Bolton said it’s hard to expect that given Russian denials.

Bolton also cited China’s massive intermediate-range missile capability as another key concern.

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6:55 p.m.

President Vladimir Putin says he would be ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump when they both visit Paris next month.

Speaking at the start of Tuesday’s meeting with Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, Putin said that it’s important to maintain Russia-U.S. dialogue despite their differences. Bolton’s visit follows Trump’s statement over the weekend that he intends to pull out of a key nuclear arms pact, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Putin said his last meeting with Trump in Helsinki in July was useful, adding that he would be open to meet with Trump in France if he agrees.

Bolton responded that Trump would look forward to seeing Putin in Paris on the sideline of events marking 100 years since the armistice ending World War I.

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6:40 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would like to continue a dialogue with U.S. President Donald Trump despite what he described as unfriendly moves by Washington.

Putin told Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, on Tuesday that Russia was puzzled by the U.S. “unprovoked moves that are hard to call friendly.”

He mentioned possibly meeting Trump in Paris next month.

Speaking at the start of a meeting with Bolton, Putin said he would like to discuss various arms control issues, including Trump’s declaration over the weekend that he intends to pull the U.S. out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

He alluded to the U.S. coat of arms, which shows an eagle holding a bundle of 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch with 13 olives in another. Laughing merrily, Putin asked if the eagle ate all the olives.

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5:15 p.m.

Germany’s foreign minister has told his U.S. counterpart that a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty the Trump administration wants to abandon touches on core European interests.

The Foreign Ministry said minister Heiko Maas spoke by phone Tuesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and stressed that Washington need to coordinate further steps closely with European partners.

President Donald Trump on Monday restated his threat to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of alleged Russian violations.

The German Foreign Ministry said Maas reminded Pompeo “that the treaty affects core interests of the European security architecture.”

The treaty prohibits the U.S. and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a 500 to 5,500-kilometer (300 to 3,400-mile) range.

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2:20 p.m.

Poland’s president says President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to pull the United States out of a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty is “understandable” in light of Russian activities.

President Andrzej Duda was asked in Berlin on Tuesday whether Poland would be prepared to host new U.S. medium-range missiles if Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Duda said: “We have not taken this matter into consideration.”

Trump says Russia violated the treaty that prohibits the U.S. and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a 500 to 5,500-kilometer (300 to 3,400-mile) range.

Duda, whose country is a close U.S. ally, said Trump is “speaking of a firm reaction” and that “in the light of such attitude on Russia’s part, it is understandable.”

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1:05 p.m.

The Kremlin has rejected a suggestion that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a major arms control deal could pave the way for a new treaty.

Trump announced on Saturday that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and that the U.S. should leave it. He warned that the U.S. will begin developing such weapons unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop them. China wasn’t a party to the treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Tuesday that right now “there are no prospects for a new deal” to replace the INF and that it is a “dangerous position” to give up the INF treaty without an alternative in sight.

Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton is in Moscow this week to discuss security cooperation with Russia and is expected to meet Putin later on Tuesday.

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11:50 a.m.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has told U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser that Moscow hopes to join the United States in nonproliferation efforts.

Bolton flew to Moscow less than 48 hours after Trump announced his intention to pull out of a key nuclear arms control deal that helped to ease Cold War tensions in the late 1980s.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been a cornerstone of global security since it was signed in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union. Trump said in a speech on Saturday that Russia has violated it and that is why the U.S. should withdraw.

Shoigu also said in comments carried by Russian news agencies on Tuesday that Russia and the U.S. also should build up on their cooperation in Syria.

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10:55 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is meeting with Russia’s defense minister in Moscow just a few days after Trump announced that he intended to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday lauded National Security Adviser John Bolton for his two-day visit. Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying that “even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust” between the two countries.

Bolton arrived in Russia on Monday and met Security Council chairman Nikolai Patrushev. He is expected to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday.

Trump over the weekend declared his intension to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because he claims Russia has violated it.

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