Bolton warns Russian Federation over election meddling before heading to Kiev

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

It marked the first top-level meeting in what could be a series between the two presidents' national security teams, a result of what Bolton called the only "concrete" result from the summit in the Finnish capital.

"Americans say you should accept what they say in the talks, which is not negotiation, but dictatorship".

Patrushev, in separate comments to the news media, said progress was made "in certain areas where lines of communications could be restored, and more work done by agencies - State, Defense and others", according to the Russian news agency Tass.

"I think the effects, the economic effects certainly, are even stronger than we anticipated", Bolton said.

"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.

"We expect that Europeans will see, as businesses all over Europe are seeing, that the choice between doing business with Iran or doing business with the United States is very clear to them", he said.

In the latest signs that the sanctions on Iran are starting to bite, British Airways and Air France both said on Thursday they would be halting flights to Tehran next month.

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Russian Federation launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the war in favour of its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Trump administration renewed a set of sanctions this month after withdrawing from the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington regards as insufficient for denying Tehran the means to make an atomic bomb and as a spur for its meddling in neighbouring Middle East countries. "Also, that the foreign ministries will resume contacts as well", Patrushev said.

His remarks came after US National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier that Russian Federation was "stuck" in Syria and looking for others to fund post-war reconstruction there, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the country.

"We're going see what we and others can agree in terms of resolving the conflict in Syria", Bolton told Reuters, "But the one prerequisite there is the withdrawal of all Iranian forces back in Iran".

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".

U.S. President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, an event Moscow quickly chalked up as a triumph. Patrushev also said he conveyed an invitation to Bolton and other United States officials to visit Russian Federation for additional talks in the future.

Top American officials have traditionally participated in the annual ceremonies as a show of US support for Ukraine, which this year celebrates its 27th year of independence from the Soviet Union.

  • Sonia Alvarado