Trump plans to pull out of nuclear weapons pact with Russian Federation

Larry Hoffman
October 22, 2018

"This could be something that is just a precursor to try to get Russian Federation to come into compliance", Corker said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

"This would be a very risky step, which, I'm sure, won't be just understood by the worldwide community, but arouse serious condemnation of all members of the world community, who are committed to security and stability and are ready to work on strengthening the current regimes in arms control", said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, according to state-run news agency Tass.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed in 1987, mandated the elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.

The Trump administration has complained of Moscow's deployment of Novator 9M729 missiles, which Washington says fall under the treaty's ban on missiles that can travel distances between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 and 5,500 kilometres).

"Russia has violated the agreement".

Trump said on Saturday that it was only fair for United States to develop the weapons since Russian Federation and China (not a signatory of the treaty) were already doing it.

He noted on CNN that some defense specialists say that "because China is not part of this (the INF) they're developing systems that will move beyond where we are".

Four years later, more than 2,600 missiles were destroyed.

Trump threatened to abandon Nafta before talks with Canada and Mexico resulted in a new deal, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement or USMCA.

William Courtney, an adjunct senior fellow at RAND Corporation, a US -based think tank, told Xinhua that Bolton may again warn Moscow against interference in the 2018 mid-term elections. U.S. experts said that his tour aims to lay the groundwork for the second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite little progress in bilateral ties after their first meeting in July.

Cairo has signed multibillion-dollar deals to purchase military weapons, including warplanes and helicopters, from Russian Federation. It limits the number of deployed strategic warheads on either side to 1,550.

"China is likely to respond to the USA withdrawal by using it as justification for its own military build-up", he said. "I feel responsible, with others but I really led the charge to cause it to be ratified and it works".

U.S. withdrawal from the INF "will destroy any prospects of extending the New Start treaty", the head of the Russian Senate's foreign affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev warned on Facebook. He said any attempt by the Trump administration to leave the treaty will spark a fight with Congress. He thinks Trump wants "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S".

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that for 30 years the treaty had been a pillar of Europe's security architecture.

Corker said: "If we are going to get out of it I hope we are at least in a place development-wise where we too have developed some mechanisms, otherwise they're going to move ahead of us quickly".

Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey agreed.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was completing a three-day visit to Russian Federation, hailed his talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on October 17 and the cooperation agreement as opening a "new chapter in the history" of the countries' bilateral relations, RFE/RL reported.

"I doubt very much that the United States will deploy much that would have been prohibited by the treaty. Russia, though, will go gangbusters".

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