Trump's nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message

Reuters

Reuters

But if those negotiations fail, Trump's INF Treaty withdrawal has given the United States a fallback option that will allow Washington to more effectively deter both Beijing and Pyongyang - and reassert American military primacy in the region.

Andrei Belousov, deputy head of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Minister, raised concern over future conflict between the USA and Russia, stating that Moscow will defend its territorial integrity and principles in response to U.S. aggression.

Shortly after Trump announced his intention to withdraw, White House national security adviser John Bolton informed Russian President Vladimir Putin of the administration's intent. They say that the United States is preparing war, and Russian Federation is going to fight back.

The United States has in effect taken the initiative in destroying the entire system of worldwide treaties and accords that served as the underlying foundation for peace and security following World War II. Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions for the United States about the implementation of the treaty by the Americans. It says Washington is pushing the limits of the agreement with its arsenal of armed drones and missile sites in Poland and Romania, which the USA says are defensive. We welcome this [desire]", Lavrov said during the program "Moscow.

The president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and the president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, signed the INF in Washington, on December 8, 1987, after having agreed on it the year before at the Reykjavik, Iceland, summit.

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The Treaty is of unlimited duration and prohibits producing, testing or deployment of ballistic and cruise land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometers) and small (from 500 to 1,000 kilometers) range. In fiscal year 2018, Congress authorized the financing of a research and development project for a cruise missile launched from the ground by a mobile platform on the road.

"We have been consistently trying to receive some concrete information on the matter within the framework of all available formats, including the Joint Control Commission, set up to monitor compliance with the treaty", Russia's top diplomat went on.

In response, Deputy head of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Minister, Andrei Belousov, told the U.N., "Here recently at the meeting, the United States said that Russia is preparing for war. Let them show it, so that we could understand what they are talking about".

"We will find ways to minimize the harm from [US sanctions] in any case, and over some time stop being dependent on the attempts to blackmail us", Lavrov said during the program "Moscow". "If they are convinced that we have violated [commitments regarding] the missile's range, it means that they had detected it using satellites". The United States had missiles deployed on the continent prior to the treaty, and Mattis wouldn't rule out a redeployment once Washington exits the arms pact.

Moscow sees the United States decision to quit the historic INF accord as an "objective fact" and has started working on responses to claims of pact violations, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

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