Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Russia's Vladimir Putin met U.S. President Donald Trump's national security advisor Tuesday after the Kremlin said that Trump's talk of quitting a landmark arms treaty that scrapped nuclear missiles in Europe was dangerous.Bolton, who told Putin he hoped to be able to address some of Putin's concerns about the troubled state of U.S.-Russia relations, quipped that he hadn't brought any olives.The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he expected Bolton to explain the U.S. stance to Putin.Trump's withdrawal announcement is causing particular concern in Europe which was the main beneficiary of the INF treaty as a result of the removal of Pershing and U.S. cruise missiles from Europe and of Soviet SS-20 missiles from the European part of the then Soviet Union.Without the treaty, some European countries fear that Washington might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe again and that Russia might move to deploy such missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad which would once again turn Europe into a potential nuclear battlefield.
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