United States will pull out of nuclear weapons treaty with Russia: President Trump

Monday, 22 Oct, 2018

President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the INF on Saturday, accusing Russian Federation of violating the agreement's terms and saying the USA would start to develop the weapons previously banned under the treaty.

In an interview with the Russian outlet Interfax that was flagged and translated by The New York Times and other outlets, Gorbachev, 87, wondered aloud: "Is it really that hard to understand that rejecting these agreements is, as the people say, not the work of a great mind". "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said Saturday after a rally in Nevada.

Russian Federation has warned the USA of retaliation if it withdraws from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty. "None of the responses will happen very fast", Mr Smith said, "but some years down the lines we could see new weapons" developed. I don't know why president Obama didn't negotiate or pull out.

Unless Russia and also China promised to stop developing such weapons, America would have to restart its own programme, he said.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton will tell Russian officials in Moscow that crippling economic sanctions must be maintained against North Korea until its regime abandons its nuclear weapons, according to a senior administration official.

Now, Trump has said that the United States will pull out of the treaty, amidst claims that Russian Federation is not abiding by it.

By signing the agreement, Washington and Moscow swore off from possessing, producing or test-flying a groud-launched cruise missile with a range between 500 and 5,500km.

Deputy director general of the Royal United Services Institute Malcolm Chalmers told the Guardian the situation was more serious than at any time since the 1980s, adding, "If the INF treaty collapses, and with the New Start treaty on strategic arms due to expire in 2021, the world could be left without any limits on the nuclear arsenals of nuclear states for the first time since 1972".

TASS news agency quoted him as saying withdrawal "would be a very unsafe step", and it was Washington and not Moscow that was failing to comply with the treaty.

He says Germany is urging Washington to "consider the possible consequences" of its decision, including for a U.S.

"And again the initiator of the dissolution of the agreement is the US", Pushkov wrote. While Russia has failed to resolve allegations of treaty breaches, the US should "reflect on the possible consequences" of a pullout, he said.

Also, U.S. experts noted that Bolton may raise the unsafe situation around Syria's Idlib Province, and urge Moscow to restrain the Syrian government's plans to use overwhelming force to retake control of the province. As a non-signatory, Beijing can develop without constraints intermediate-range nuclear weapons.

Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep strain from accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the government in Syria's civil war and the conflict in Ukraine.

On Friday, the US Justice Department indicted the finance chief of Russia's leading troll farm for allegedly interfering with US congressional elections to be held in November.

On Saturday, Trump announced his intention to terminate the treaty.