The Trump administration announced on Friday that US is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia, a key pact with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War.
This is happening after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday as the Trump administration maintained that the Russian government has been unwilling to admit that a missile it deployed near European Border violates the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Pompeo said the administration will provide a formal notice to Russia that the US is withdrawing from the INF Treaty in six months and, if Moscow doesn't come into compliance, it "will terminate".
Mr. Pompeo and his deputies have insisted that Moscow destroy the missile. Instead, the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia counter accused the United States of violating the treaty’s terms because of the way in which it has deployed launchers for antiballistic missile systems in Europe.
“Russia has jeopardized the United States’ security interests,” Mr. Pompeo said, “and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it.”
But while the United States has insisted Russia’s actions sank the treaty, the Trump administration’s real aim is to broaden its prohibitions to include China.
NATO urged Russia to use the next six months to "return to full and verifiable compliance to preserve the INF Treaty."Rajasthan Tourism App - Welcomes to the land of Sun, Sand and adventures