Trump administration invites Putin to Washington for 2019 visit

Putin warns of a new arms race with America

Putin warns of a new arms race with America

President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday of a new arms race if America pulls out of weapons treaties, and said Russian Federation would respond "in kind" to any new U.S. missiles placed on European soil.

The White House has extended a formal invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking during a visit to the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia, he added that no date has been set. "We have invited President Putin to Washington".

The Russian president described the terrifying hypothetical scenario while discussing the consequences of the U.S. withdrawing from the Soviet-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018.

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"One of the most important subjects they will discuss is whether President Putin will accept President Trump's invitation to come to Washington or will President Putin once again extend his invitation to President Trump to go to Moscow", said Bolton.

Earlier this month, the Russian leader said "playing the Russian card" was a convenient instrument in United States politics ahead of midterm election in November.

The pair would likely talk about Trump's recent decision to pull the United States out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF.

Last week, Putin said a nuclear strike against Russian Federation would unleash a "global catastrophe" because "retaliation is inevitable" on the part of his country.

On the question of whether the USA can impose sanctions on the owners of Russian sovereign debt, Bolton said he did not know about "any sanctions against the state debt", but explained that limitations may affect the national debt indirectly.

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