Russia surprise unfriendly steps the United States, Putin said at a meeting with Bolton

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of Russia Vladimir Putin, and adviser to the US President for national security Affairs John Bolton during a meeting. 23 Oct 2018Russia surprise unfriendly steps the United States, Putin said at a meeting with Bolton© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his meeting with his us counterpart Donald trump in Helsinki has been tough but rewarding, so Moscow surprise hostile actions of Washington against Russia. He stated this at a meeting with the assistant to the President for homeland security John Bolton.

«In the beginning of our conversation I would like to recall our meeting with the President of the United States in Helsinki. This was, in my opinion, useful, sometimes hard enough meeting and conversation, but still, in the end, in my opinion, constructive,» — said Putin.

The Russian leader noted that Moscow surprise hostile actions of Washington. «For us, to be honest, sometimes it’s amazing to see how the United States is taking against Russia absolutely unprovoked the steps we can’t call a friendly one,» he said.

The President noted that Russia is practically responsible for a single American step. «No, it just goes on and goes on,» he said.

At the same time, Putin drew attention to the fact that, despite all this, the trade turnover between Russia and the U.S. is growing: in the past year by 16 per cent this year — eight.

«It is a little in absolute terms, very little, but nevertheless this trend is. And, by the way, with a positive balance for the United States,» the President added.

According to him, mutual investments are also growing, and Russian investments in the American economy is two times higher than the us in Russian.

Possible meeting in Paris

Speaking about the contacts with his American counterpart, Russian leader said that it would be useful to continue the direct dialogue with trump, primarily in the fields of international events to be held in the near future.

«Well, for example, in Paris. Of course, if the American side is interested in these contacts,» — said Putin.

Bolton responded that the US President would be very pleased to meet with his Russian counterpart in Paris.

Left alone the arrows?

Touching the topics that will be discussed at the talks with Bolton, the President of Russia declared intention to exchange views on strategic issues and on issues of disarmament.

«We know and talk a lot about the unilateral us withdrawal from the ABM Treaty. Recently we heard about the United States ‘ intention to withdraw from the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range, we know about the doubts within the administration about the need to extend the start-3, we hear about the intention to place the individual elements of a missile defense system in space,» Putin said.

He recalled that on the emblem of the United States is the inscription «Unity in diversity». «Therefore, despite the different approaches can and should look for common ground, I think so,» — said the Russian leader.

Bolton answered that it is the intention of the United States.

«As I recall, the coat of arms of the United States depicts an eagle, with one hand he holds 13 arrows, and on the other hand an olive branch as a sign of peaceful policy, with 13 olives. Question: your Orlan all the olives already ate, left some arrows?» — Putin continued.

The delegation met these words laughter. The President noted that he would like to talk to Bolton, not only as assistant to American colleagues, but also as a specialist in the field of disarmament and arms control.

He, for his part, expressed the hope that you will find the answers to your existing questions to Putin, but «an olive branch with them not brought.» «I thought so», — Putin responded. The delegations laughed again.

«If you remember, the olive branch is located in the right paw of the eagle, so he demonstrates his priorities this way,» explained Bolton.

Adviser of the us President is on a visit to Moscow on 22 and 23 October. The day before he met with security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Bolton and Lavrov discussed in particular the situation around Syria and in Afghanistan, and also questions of maintaining strategic stability. At the meeting with Patrushev, the parties touched upon a wide range of topics: from the options of the new start Treaty to the charges against Russians Elena Husainova to intervene in U.S. elections.

Today, the American politician met with defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. The defense Ministry called the talks constructive. In particular, the sides exchanged views on strategic offensive arms, Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range security issues in the middle East.