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Trump says the US will withdraw from the mid-level nuke pack, referring to Russian violations

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President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will withdraw from a landmark arms management agreement signed by the US with the Soviet Union and accusing Russia of breaking the pact. 19659005] The Cold War era demanded that both countries eliminate nuclear and conventional missiles from nuclear weapons and conventional cores from their arsenals.

“Russia has not honored the agreement, so we will terminate the agreement, and we will go out,” told reporters Trump after a rally in Nevada.

 Image: Trump administration wants to withdraw from the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty Visitors are watching Russian tactical ballistic missiles and several rocket launches during a military exhibition outside St. Petersburg in September 201. ANATOLY MALTSEV / EPA

The agreement has prevented the United States from developing new weapons, but Trump said on Saturday that the United States would start developing them unless Russia and China agreed not to own or develop the weapons. China is not currently a party in custody.

“We must develop these weapons, unless Russia comes to us, and China is coming to us, and they all come to us and they say,” Let’s really be smart and let none of us develop these weapons, “he said. to reporters.

“If Russia does, and if China does and we adhere to the agreement, it’s unacceptable,” he admitted.

Trump did not T give details of violations, but in 2017 the White House said national security officers that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of the treaty. Previously, the Obama administration accused the Russians of breaking the covenant by developing and testing a prohibited cruise missile.

Russia has repeatedly denied that it has violated the treaty and has accused United States of Conformity.

 Image: Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev On December 8, 1987, the image of US President Ronald Reagan, right and sleeping Michael Mikhail Gorbachev exchanges pens during the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Signatory Ceremony at the White House East Room in Washington, DC Gorbachev’s translator Pavel Palazhchenko is in the middle. Bob Daugherty / AP

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov struck back on Trump on Sunday and accused Washington of extortion, claiming that US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement would be “a very dangerous step.”

“We condemn the ongoing the attempted extortion to obtain concessions from Russia “, Russian Ryskov was quoted according to the Russian state n ews agency TASS.

He said the Trump movement “will lead to the most serious condemnation of all members of the international community who are committed to security and stability.”

“Apparently, the inability and the unwillingness of negotiating with us on a reasonable basis drives some forces in Washington to get the country’s leadership a decision on the formal withdrawal of the treaty,” he said. “This would be a very dangerous step.”

The Nuclear Disarmament campaign also condemned Trump’s decision.

“This is a ruthless move of Trump,” said the Secretary-General of CND on Sunday. [19659005] “Ripping in violation of the nuclear agreements will mean the end of the restrictions on nuclear arsenals achieved in the 1980s. The risk is that we will see spiral-shaped arsenals in a war scale.”

Tom Plant, Head of Dissemination and Nuclear Policy at the London-based Royal United Services Institute, described Trump’s decision to withdraw as “premature”.

Plant said that while most NATO members accept that Russia has violated the agreement, Moscow was still partially restricted by the Pact when it sought to maintain the appearance of legitimacy.

“This is a bit about a freebie to the Kremlin,” he said. “It feels like a bit of a blunder.”

Plant suggested that withdrawals from the Pact may be useful to the US in Asia Pacific, where more ground-based missile systems can help “deter Chinese aggression” in places like the South China Sea.

“INF is a bilateral agreement with global reach, so China is not bound by it, but the US and Russia are still bound by it even in Asia and Pacific,” he said.

Trump’s message came as his security advisor John Bolton was led Saturday to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. His first stop is Moscow, where he will meet with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

Relations between Moscow and Washington remain frosting over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria, and allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and the forthcoming American mid-election.

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