GENEVA – The United States warned Russia on Thursday that it will not tolerate any type of meddling in the November midterm elections.
“I made it clear that we wouldn’t tolerate meddling in 2018, and we were prepared to take necessary steps to prevent it from happening,” US National Security Adviser John Bolton said after talks in Geneva with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council.
“We talked about it in a variety of ways in the area of cyber and information technology exchanges, which we had stopped between the United States and Russia earlier this year,” Bolton told a press conference.
Bolton, however, said he “didn’t really see the circumstances were right to resume” those exchanges.
The meeting between the two officials was agreed to during the July summit in Helsinki between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, with the goal of improving the two nations’ strained relations.
Bolton said “considerable progress” was achieved during his meeting with Patrushev, while acknowledging that there were disagreements, including on a proposal to mention the issue of election meddling in a joint statement, which was rejected.