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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the Kremlin would "respond appropriately" if the United States pulls out of the Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty that prohibits intermediate and shorter-range nuclear missiles, according to the WSJ.
In October, President Trump said that Washington would withdraw from the 1987 treaty, citing Russia's development of the 9M729 cruise missile - which Moscow has been working on for several years. As we noted in September, Russia has been working on sub-launched hypersonic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload.
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"We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement," Trump said in October, adding: "We’re going to terminate the agreement" - ostensibly to develop similar weapons, after being pushed to drop the treaty by National Security Adviser John Bolton - saying he didn't want to leave the US in a position where Russia would be free to "go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to."
When first signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev following their historic 1986 meeting, the INF was touted as an important de-escalation of tensions between the two superpowers. But it has since become a flashpoint in the increasingly strained relationship between the US and Russia, as both sides have accused...
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