United States security advisor: Georgia is of the highest strategic importance for US

U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton attends a news briefing in Tbilisi

U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton attends a news briefing in Tbilisi

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been officially invited by the White House for a bilateral visit to the United States in early 2019, said National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Trump's earlier invitation to Putin sparked an outcry in Washington, including from lawmakers in Trump's Republican party, who argued that Putin was an adversary not worthy of a White House visit.

President Trump held a summit with Mr Putin in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, in July, and then issued Mr Putin an invitation to visit Washington in the autumn.

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Officials at the Kremlin were yet to inform whether Putin has accepted the invite.

The Russian president described the terrifying hypothetical scenario while discussing the consequences of the United States withdrawing from the Soviet-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. "What the scheduling of that is we don't quite know yet".

"It is the American position that Russian Federation is in violation [of the INF]; it is Russia's position that they are not in violation", Bolton told a news conference.

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The topic of Putin visiting the U.S. is a highly-charged one, because American intelligence agencies claim Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. Trump came under fire following that summit for a perceived cozying up to Putin. The US is to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation next month over the use of Novichok nerve agent in the attempted murder of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, ' the message says.

The INF treaty, signed by ex-US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in 1987, prohibits the development and deployment of land-based intermediate-range cruise missiles.

Last week, Putin said a nuclear strike against Russian Federation would unleash a "global catastrophe" because "retaliation is inevitable" on the part of his country. Because we have such a wealth: I did a really good job.

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