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Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened an arms race with the United States on Tuesday if the Trump administration follows through on its pledge to pull out of the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a 60-day ultimatum for Russia to correct its “material breach” of the treaty, negotiated between President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev towards the end of the Cold War.
Treaty - Sides - Missiles - Ranges - Miles
In the treaty, signed in 1987, both sides agreed to eliminate all ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 300 to 3,500 miles, although the U.S. now believes that Russia has developed such weaponry as they develop their military assets. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Putin claimed that the U.S. provided “no evidence” of Russian violations.
“Apparently, our American partners believe that the situation has changed so drastically that the U.S. should also have such weapons,” Putin said in remarks carried by the Interfax news service. “What response is our side to give? A simple one: then we’ll do the same.”
President - Donald - Trump - National - Security
President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton led the charge to exit the treaty and recently ordered the Pentagon to “develop and deploy ground-launched missiles at the earliest possible date.”
In October, Bolton traveled to Moscow for a meeting with Vladimir Putin and...
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