On Saturday President Trump confirmed that the United States would withdraw from a nuclear arms treaty with Russia signed during the Cold War.
“Russia has not respected the treaty. We will therefore terminate the agreement and develop these weapons, “said the US President, about the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Weapons signed in 1987 by the US and Soviet Presidents of the United States. era, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
“They have been abusing him for many years,” said Donald Trump. “I do not know why President [Barack] Obama did not renegotiate or withdraw,” he added about his Democratic predecessor.
We will not let them violate the nuclear deal and make weapons when we are not allowed to. We remained in agreement and honored the agreement. But Russia has unfortunately not respected the agreement.
Donald Trump, President of the United States
The US administration complains about the deployment by Moscow of the 9M729 missile system, whose range – according to Washington – exceeds 500 km, which constitutes a violation of the INF Treaty.
This treaty, by abolishing the use of a whole series of missiles with a range of 500 to 5500 km, had put an end to the crisis triggered in the 1980s by the deployment of Soviet SS-20 nuclear warheads targeting the Western capitals.
Donald Trump made the announcement while his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, was in Moscow on Saturday to “pursue” the controversial dialogue begun in July between the US President and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
In particular, he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
Bolton pulls the strings
According to the Guardian , it is Mr. Bolton himself who is pressuring the US president to withdraw the INF treaty. It is also he who blocks any negotiations for an extension of the New Start treaty on strategic missiles, which expires in 2021 and that Moscow seeks to extend.
The US withdrawal of INF could also have Beijing in sight. China, not a signatory, can develop intermediate-range nuclear weapons without restraint.
Relations are tense between Washington and Moscow, amid accusations of Russian interference in the US elections.
On Friday, a Russian was charged by US justice for interference in the US parliamentary elections on November 6, the first person to be indicted in this context.
Moscow accused Washington of “fabricating” these accusations to impose new sanctions on Russia.
The US president had promised before his election to renew relations with Russia. Suspicions of collusion with the Kremlin weigh heavily on his 2016 campaign team. A special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has been investigating the case for more than a year in the United States.
In July, he was extremely conciliatory about his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference in Helsinki after their first bilateral summit in Finland.
On November 11, the two leaders will meet in Paris for the commemoration of the end of the First World War.
Alex Demtoir was born and raised in Syracuse. He has written for NPR, The Business Insider and Passport Magazine. In regards to academics, Alex earned his BBA from St. John’s University. Brandon covers entertainment and culture stories here at Global News Tribune.