Russia says Bolton's account of INF treaty talks distorted
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian defence official accused former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Friday of distorting facts in his memoir about talks with the Russian authorities about the U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era arms control treaty.
Washington last year withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), accusing Moscow of deploying cruise missiles throughout Russia in violation of the pact. Russia has denied violating the agreement.
In his book entitled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir”, Bolton wrote that Russian President Vladimir Putin had acknowledged the American position on the need to withdraw from the agreement.
The pact had prevented Washington from deploying new weapons to counter a Chinese arms buildup in the Pacific.