The country led by Donald Trump announced his decision to leave the deal with Russia at the end of the Cold War.
The United States announced on Friday, 1 February, its forthcoming withdrawal of a crucial nuclear arms treaty (INF) with Russia, which they accused of violating the Cold War deal. The decision was quickly hailed by NATO, which “fully supports” the US choice.
“Tomorrow the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and start the withdrawal process”, which “will be completed in six months unless Russia meets its obligations by destroying all its missiles, launchers and equipment that violate the text, “said President Donald Trump in a statement.
US PM Mike Pompeo said Washington was “ready” to continue talking to Russia “about disarmament”. Even before the expected Trump government decision, Russia warned the US against an “extremely irresponsible” withdrawal, saying the treaty was “necessary” especially for “European security”.
Russia denounces “unfounded” accusations
In October, Donald Trump first announced his intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, signed between the USSR and Washington in 1987, which abolishes the use of land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km, on the grounds that Moscow did not respect him.
In early December, from Brussels and with the support of NATO, Mike Pompeo gave Russia 60 days, until February 2, to dismantle its new long-range missiles violating the treaty in the eyes of the Americans and the Alliance Atlantic. Otherwise, he had threatened to initiate the six-month withdrawal procedure.
Russia denies these “baseless” accusations, accusing Washington of violating the treaty. Despite numerous discussions between the two opposing powers in the last two months, all the players still agreed this week to say that no “progress” was possible.