Europeans among 700 Islamic State hostages seized in Syria, says Putin

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However, a senior Pentagon official is suggesting Putin's claims are nothing more than "fake news".

"What they're saying is that they want about 200-300 ISIS fighters that have been captured by U.S. forces to be released", said CBN News' George Thomas. White House officials did not deny The New York Times report. "Despite our objections, Russian Federation continues to produce and field prohibited cruise misses and has ignored calls for transparency".

Meanwhile, The Guardian newspaper reported that Bolton recently recommended that Trump withdraw from the treaty.

It banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 500 to 1,000km, as well as their launchers.

"It has had major implications for Asia", said Eric Sayers, who served as an adviser to former U.S Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris and is now an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

The issue, however, can be discussed among Iran, Syria, and the US, with Russian Federation joining the dialog, he added.


Putin emphasized during an global policy forum in Sochi that Russia's military doctrine doesn't envisage a preventative nuclear strike.

"In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuclear weapons, but we will not use them" first, he said. "Russian ties" and said Moscow is ready for that "at any moment".

"There are ISIS members remaining in several places", Putin said.

Putin and Trump met last in Helsinki, Finland, where Trump was criticized for appearing to doubt USA intelligence conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. He said any attempt by the Trump administration to leave the treaty will spark a fight with Congress. The two leaders may see each other in Paris at a November 11 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. "Others are planning to start testing them within the next 1 to 2 years, and we already have them on duty".

Trump's invitation to Putin to visit Washington still stood, the official said. He thinks Trump wants "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S".

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