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U.S. withdraws from nuclear treaty with Russia, - media

The decision should be approved in the coming weeks
19:01, 20 October 2018
The United States plans to inform Russia of withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). It is reported by the New York Times.

According to sources, US plans to withdraw from the contract will be announced by the presidential aide on national security, John Bolton. He will come to Russia on October 21.

The decision itself, Donald Trump plans to approve "in the coming weeks", as specified in the NYT,

"The pact restrained the United States from deploying new weapons in order to respond to China’s attempts to consolidate a dominant position in the western Pacific Ocean ...", said in the publication.

We recall, the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Shorter-Range Missiles was signed in 1987 by General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan.

The agreement prohibits the parties to manufacture ground-based ballistic and cruise nuclear missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500 km, as well as their testing and deployment.
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