U.S. abandons Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

President Donald Trump hopes to sign the new agreement; he said Russia was ready to take steps in this direction as well
09:33, 2 August 2019

Deutsche Welle

August 2, the United States left the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Voice of America quoted president Donald Trump who addressed the topic.

"Russia would like to do something on a nuclear treaty and that’s OK with me. They would like to do something and so would I," the U.S. leader said.

"We didn’t discuss the INF," Trump noted speaking about the recent negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Related: Russia terminates INF Treaty

In July, the Russian leader signed the law on termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed on December 8, 1987, by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

If the agreement is broken, both Moscow and Washington will again have the opportunity to deploy such weapons, build up nuclear potential and frighten the whole world with its use. Donald Trump on October 21, 2018, announced his intention to withdraw from the treaty, which was signed 30 years ago. After some time, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that on February 2, the United States would suspend participation in the INF Treaty with Russia. Putin signed a decree suspending the participation of the Russian Federation in the INF Treaty on March 4.

Related: EU calls on Russia to preserve INF Treaty

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