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Trump Pulls Out Of Nuclear Deal With Russia

Trump Pulls Out Of Nuclear Deal With Russia

President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the INF on Saturday, accusing Russian Federation of violating the agreement's terms and saying the U.S. would start to develop the weapons previously banned under the treaty. "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said Saturday after a rally in Elko, Nevada. But Corker warned that unless the United States was ready to compete with Russian Federation, "they're going to move ahead of us quickly".

The paper said that United States officials believe this leaves their country at a disadvantage in their developing strategic rivalry with Beijing.

The Trump Administration has said repeatedly that Russian Federation has violated the treaty and has pointed to their predecessors in the Obama administration who accused Russian Federation of violating the terms of the agreement.

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However, he noted that the U.S. -Russia relations have remained "tenuous" due to the Western countries' concern over Russia's behavior in Ukraine and other places.

The treaty helps protect the security of the United States and its allies in Europe and the Far East, but has constrained the USA from developing new nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration has complained of Moscow's deployment of Novator 9M729 missiles, which Washington says fall under the treaty's ban on missiles that can travel distances between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 and 5,500 kilometres).

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, is scheduled to meet Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, this week in Moscow.

Bolton announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki", referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July.

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Mr Trump's plan "would be a very unsafe step".

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Trump's decision could prove controversial with European allies and others who see value in the treaty, said Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who focuses on nuclear arms control. "Instead, by blowing up nuclear treaties, he is taking the US down a trillion dollar road to a new nuclear arms race". "This must be cherished".

"It is Russian Federation that is in breach and it is Russian Federation that needs to get its house in order".

"Russia has violated the agreement".

Fears of a renewed nuclear arms race have stalked the Trump presidency.

"But we would not want to get to this stage", he added.

The announcement "raises hard questions for Europe", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.

Visiting the USA on official business, he said "Our close and longterm ally, of course, is the United States and we will be absolutely resolute with the U.S. in hammering home a clear message that Russian Federation needs to respect the treaty obligation that it signed".

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the United States should consider the consequences for Europe and for future disarmament efforts of quitting the pact.

-File photo of U.S. President Ronald Reagan (R) and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty at the White House, on December 8 1987.

The two leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I.


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