Russia’s Defence Minister Held Talks with the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton

MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, ( – The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported for today’s meeting between Russia’s Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, learned

Sergei Shoigu opened the meeting by saying that he was pleased to be a host, and expressed his hope this to be the start of the stabilization of Russian-American relations. He also defined it as “the gradual restoration of bilateral dialogue after the meeting of our president,” adding that even the small steps, like this, will be beneficial for restoring confidence.

According to the Russia’s Defence Minister, the joint efforts of Russia and the U.S. could solve many world problems that concern the nuclear deterrence as well as such related to major long-standing conflicts.

During the talks, Sergei Shoigu pointed out Syria as the only positive example of Russian U.S. effective cooperation, saying that it is one of the most difficult areas. But for the others, he called for more active dialogue, stating today’s talks as such.

John Bolton agreed with the Russian Defence Minister about the very successful and useful negotiations and expressed hope the dialogue over the deconflictation in Syria to be expanded as well as discussions over other issues.

He added that US Secretary of Defence James Mattis hoped for further and deeper dialog with the Head of the Russian Military Department, Sergei Shoigu.

To conclude the meeting the U.S. National Security Advisor said: “After the meeting of our presidents in Helsinki, we received very important tasks – to expand and deepen our dialogue. Therefore, I am very pleased to be here in Moscow in order to fulfill this very important assignment.”

Today’s talks are part of the two-day visit of Bolton in Moscow, where later today, he is scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. National Security Advisor arrives in Russia only a few days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). Thus, his visit was expected to explain a great number of issues and questions related to this statement. During it, yesterday, John Bolton met with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev to held “constructive” talks over issues concerning Russian-U.S. bilateral relations, global security, strategic stability, disarmament, arms control and acute regional crises. Later on, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also met with Bolton.

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Sources: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, TASS