Kremlin, before meeting with Trump adviser, bemoans US apathy

So we're obviously going to talk to him about what role they can play", said Bolton, who meets his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in Geneva on Thursday.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton says he warned Russian Federation not to meddle in this year's midterms, after he met.

"Regime change in Iran is not American policy but what we want is massive change in the regime's behaviour", Mr Bolton said during a visit to Jerusalem, adding that Tehran's activity in the Middle East is threatening. "But just so that there's no confusion here, if they Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly", Bolton said.

When he met with President Trump in Helsinki last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to implement a five-year extension built into the treaty.

John Bolton said Wednesday during a visit to Israel that USA officials have spoken with allies about what else could be done to achieve "maximum pressure" on Iran, including further sanctions and other unspecified measures.

"We are going to de-fund the Human Rights Council", Bolton said, while warning that other United Nations agencies could also be up for cuts in USA funding.

Patrushev said he invited Bolton to have the next meeting in Russian Federation, but no specific time frame was set.

Both said they had failed at an attempt to write a joint public statement about their talks.

"Certainly the objective of the United States and Israel - and President Putin said it was also Russia's objective - is to get Iran, Iranian forces, Iranian militias, Iranian surrogates out of the offensive positions they're in, both in Syria and Iraq".

Which did not preclude direct USA action against Iran in Syria - something we'd expect of the John Bolton we know and love.

Bolton said that contrary to reports that have suggested Moscow has agreed to distance Iranian forces some 40 to 80 kilometers from Israel's border, recent talks between the USA and Russian Federation on the matter concerned "the complete return of both regular and irregular Iranian forces".

The Trump administration is not discussing United States recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

However, as Bolton said at the press conference, following his talks with Patrushev, any deal to end Iran's military presence in Syria "is far from easy to achieve". There is no discussion in U.S. politics on deficit financing, central banking, welfare state or foreign interventions, Paul added, because both parties accept them as a given. The fact of his meeting with Patrushev was, Bolton said, one item the presidents had agreed to in their discussion, as part of an effort to work toward restoring diplomatic and other exchanges. Thousands of Iranians have protested since America renewed sanctions earlier this month after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May, thereby adversely affecting the Iranian economy.


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