Bolton Stressed the Need to Pay Attention to the Iran Behavior in Syria and the Middle East Generally
MOSCOW – October 23, 2018
National security adviser John Bolton answering a question over Syria, as well as cooperation on Idlib noted the importance of both issues.
"The Treaty on Idlib holds, despite a large number of problems. As well as the situation in Syria, it's difficult: a lot of players, each with its own goals in confined spaces," Bolton said. "We believe that it should be paid more attention to these issues. In particular, we need to pay attention to the Iran behavior, which is behaving negatively both in Syria and throughout the Middle East."
Bolton said also that during a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had informed him about the information that the United States had received on Saudi Arabia.
"This information came from the US President Donald Trump, State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and also from the CIA," Bolton said.
Bolton reminded that President Trump has previously stated that it [the treaty] allowed avoiding there a humanitarian tragedy that would bring unpredictable consequences.
Earlier this day John Bolton has a discussion with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. They talked over the Iran nuclear deal and situation in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula
"Nikolai Patrushev and John Bolton touched upon issues of further development of the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, discussed the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula," the Russian Security Council said in a statement.
The sides also discussed extending the New START treaty by five years after 2021.
The Russian Security Council said Patrushev and Bolton substantively discussed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Open Skies Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxin Weapons.
In addition, both sides voiced a number of initiatives, the implementation of which could contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust and strengthening cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
The statement said the Patrushev-Bolton meeting was an important step to implement agreements reached during the talks between Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki.