Bolton warns Russian Federation over election interference, denies Trump is a 'security risk'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

"I made it clear we wouldn't tolerate (election) meddling in 2018 and we were prepared to take necessary steps to prevent it from happening", Bolton said after more than five hours of talks with Patrushev.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian operatives targeted the presidential campaign in 2016 with a hacking and social-media disinformation campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor and that they were likely to do so again in the November midterm vote.

He was less equivocal on the issue of election meddling.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on August 23 charged that Washington's "destructive" approach to ties with Moscow is responsible for impeding bilateral cooperation.

Patrushev told RIA Novosti that continuing contacts with the USA military was "particularly important" for Moscow.

Bolton said they also discussed Syria and Iran.

Khatami also stressed "the price of a war with Iran is very high", adding that if the Americans harm his country in the slightest way, "the US and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (Israel), would be targeted".

After a five-hour meeting in Geneva with Putin adviser Nikolai Patrushev, Bolton said that USA options include extending the 2010 New Start accord negotiated by President Barack Obama, renegotiating it or returning to the agreement it replaced - the one-page Moscow Treaty signed in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

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Washington has imposed financial sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, as U.S. The pastor has been held in Turkey since October 2016 on charges of aiding terrorists in a failed coup in July of that year.

Until now, the USA position has been that any worldwide support for Syrian reconstruction-whether from the United States or its allies-was contingent on a political settlement within the framework of the UN-led "Geneva process", which, as originally conceived, envisaged the end of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Ali Asghar Mounesan, Iranian vice president and head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) declared that Iranian government will provide protectionist measures to support the tourism industry and those involved in the industry such as hotel owners and travel agencies.

Israel is keenly interested in engaging Russian Federation to counter Iran in Syria, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited Moscow multiple times.

Bolton said Wednesday that "work continues" but no decision has been made on the timing of announcing those details.

Bolton met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in Geneva on Thursday, as the two aides followed up on the July 16 summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Advisor to the President for national security John Bolton warned of the consequences that are possible in the case of RF interference in the Congressional elections.

Separately related to Syria, Bolton had a warning for Assad as speculation increases over a Russian-backed government assault on northern Idlib province, home to the last major rebel stronghold in the country. "They know if they harm this country and this state in the slightest way, the United States and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (of Israel) would be targeted", he said.

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