Pavlo Klimkin, the foreign minister of Ukraine and U.S. presidential advisor John Bolton discussed the withdrawal of the U.S. and Russia from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Klimkin said that in the interview with the Voice of America.
'Of course, when you come to Washington, it is a pity if you can't meet your friends and partners. I came to you from the meeting with John Bolton', he told the reporters.
The Treaty, he said, was one of the many topics that the interlocutors discussed.
'Such actions of Russia led to the new logic of the arms race... In this situation, Ukraine will have to respond to new challenges. And we'll have to respond to them in a decent manner because we've got experience, intellect and the necessity to protect our country. We already have some potential in the missile armament', Klimkin said.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister is staying in the U.S. with the working visit; he's got more meetings on his schedule, including these in the Senate and the Congress.
The INF Treaty bans ground-based medium-range ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers (300 and 3,100 miles). The United States and the Soviet Union signed the accord in 1987.