Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia "weakens security" of the United States. He said this in an interview with TV presenter Sean Henniti, a transcript of the conversation was published on the website of the US Foreign Ministry.
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“President Trump made it clear that he wants to have good relations with the Russians. We need them to change their behavior. Now they have become a problem, create challenges, weaken the security of America. We saw it. If we manage to convince them to behave in such a way as not to create a risk for Americans, it will be incredibly good, ”he said.
In October, US President Donald Trump, citing violation of the agreement by Russia and China’s arms buildup, announced its intention to withdraw from the Treaty on Medium and Lesser Presidents. Advisor to the head of the American state for national security, John Bolton, who visited Moscow, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed Trump’s plans.
In response to the US statement about a possible withdrawal from a bilateral agreement, the Russian Federation noted the threat of a new arms race, and also allowed for the adoption of retaliatory measures, the specific content of which was not disclosed by officials. In particular, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow, avoiding repeating the experience of the USSR, would not respond with such costly methods.