USA announces withdrawal from INF treaty with Russian Federation

USA announces withdrawal from INF treaty with Russian Federation

USA announces withdrawal from INF treaty with Russian Federation

"I "congratulate" the whole world; the United States has taken another step toward its destruction today", said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament.

"Russia has violated the agreement". NATO supported the US decision, saying in a statement released shortly after Pompeo's remarks that Russian Federation "continues to deny its INF Treaty violation, refuses to provide any credible response, and has taken no demonstrable steps toward returning to full and verifiable compliance".

The United States has said it wants to leave the INF Treaty due to Russia's alleged non-compliance, strongly refuted by Moscow.

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson said this month no progress has been made.

Administration officials have dismissed concerns that the treaty's demise could trigger a race to develop and deploy more intermediate-range missiles. "The answer to that is no".

The treaty signed by the United States and the Soviet Union bans the development, deployment and testing of land-based nuclear weapons with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres (310-3400 miles). It also set off fierce debate in Europe, inside West Germany and elsewhere, with protesters taking to the streets against the missile deployments and the US for escalating the arms race. The suspension represents another flashpoint in US-Russia relations and another repudiation by Trump and his aides of global agreements, from the nuclear deal with Iran to the worldwide climate-change accord.

Trump signaled in October that the accord was on shaky ground, saying that "Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement".

Trump's decision comes as the United States and other countries modernize their nuclear arsenals, ushering in what Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists President and CEO Rachel Bronson calls a "new age of nuclear instability".

"The onus is on Russian Federation to change course from a pattern of destabilizing activity", Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said.

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The U.S. has accused Russian Federation of violating the rules of the treaty, but its suspension has raised concerns about a potential arms race. "You have to be concerned he will welcome any excuse not to extend New START, just as he welcomed this reason to kill the INF Treaty".

The President said: "We can not be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other".

The INF move "risks precisely the sort of nuclear arms buildup that the treaty was created to guard against", said Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Since China has never been a signatory of the INF Treaty, it has been able to build up a vast arsenal of nonnuclear weapons, such as the DF-21 "carrier killer", that now threaten freedom of navigation in the Pacific.

While relations remain tense with Russia, US defense planners have put a major focus on China with its fast-growing military spending and growing assertiveness in the dispute-ridden waters of Asia. Washington asked to test the missile's range, but Moscow refused and offered a testing scenario US officials found unacceptable.

Lawmakers from both parties and USA military officials are expressing support - with some caveats - for President Donald Trump's Friday decision to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty with Moscow.

"So we must prepare for a world without the Treaty", she wrote.

"I hope that we're able to get everybody in a big and attractive room and do a new treaty that would be much better". At the time, in the late stages of the Cold War, the USA and its allies were mainly concerned by the perceived threat of Russian medium-range nuclear missiles that were targeted at Europe. Leaving the INF treaty would allow the Trump administration to counter the Chinese, but it's unclear how it would do that.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance "fully supports the US suspension & notification of withdrawal from the Treaty". "Certainly I would like to see that", Trump told reporters. "That is not a meaningful agreement". "We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our other allies and partners to deny Russian Federation any military advantage from its unlawful conduct", Trump said.

Trump said his administration will move forward with developing military response options. The U.S. wants Russian Federation to destroy the missile, the Novator 9M729, and its launchers.

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