A serious discussion about the possible US withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty), concluded with Soviet Union and continuing to work with Russia, is taking place inside the administration of President Donald Trump, reports Politico.
The publication notes that "this one a cornerstone disarmament pact with Russia banning an entire class of nuclear missiles."
INF Treaty was signed back in 1987 by the US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and abolished the development and installation of missiles with a range of 500 to 5,5 thousand kilometers.
According to the publication, a number of Republicans in Congress insist on the withdrawal from the Treaty. In their opinion, it is necessary to start developing these missiles in response to Moscow's actions.
So, the congressman and the head of the committee on nuclear weapons Mike Rogers said that for Washington "irresponsible for us to continue to adhere to a treaty when the only other participant has long moved on from it."