Russian Federation nuclear treaty: USA warned over threat to scrap deal

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"While claiming he would be receptive if both Russian Federation and China concluded, "'Let's all of us get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons", under current circumstances, Trump appears hellbent on making more weapons.

Germany was one of the main benefactors of the 1987 treaty when it was signed at the twilight of the Cold War, with the INF aimed primarily at reducing the risk of nuclear war in Europe, with East and West Germany seen as the frontline of the confrontation at the time. The agreement eliminated an entire class of ground-launched medium-range missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, which resulted in almost 2,700 missiles being destroyed and helped ease a unsafe deadlock in Europe.

For now though while no official decision has been made to leave the agreement, President Trump's announcement has raised questions about the viability of the agreement and its future.

But Trump also hinted that talks could be possible if "Russia comes to us ... and they say, 'Let's all of us get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons'".

For the past few years, the annual defense authorization bill has funded research and development of weapons that, if ever tested, would violate the INF Treaty.

"I think that would be a huge mistake", Corker said. Recently, they also accused Russia of launching a nerve agent attack against former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March, although Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusation.

The Trump Administration announced Sunday that they intend to pull out of a nuclear arms treaty, inked with Russian Federation during the Cold War, and accused Moscow of expanding their base of nuclear weapons in violation of the treaty.

"I suspect our European allies right now are none too happy about hearing that President Trump intends to pull out of it", he said.

"This would be a very unsafe step that, I'm sure, not only will not be comprehended by the worldwide community but will provoke serious condemnation", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed in 1987, mandated the elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.

"Without question, Russian Federation is violating the INF treaty".

President Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack.

Trump didn't provide details about violations.

The Russian foreign ministry official accused Washington of implementing policy "toward dismantling the nuclear deal".

It resolved a crisis that had begun in the 1980s with the deployment of Soviet SS-20 nuclear-tipped, intermediate-range ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals. However, Ushakov said there is no plan so far to organize a new Russia-U.S. summit.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signed what officials describes as a strategic cooperation treaty created to increase trade, military, and other ties between the two nations, here on Wednesday. Some in the Trump administration feel that the INF treaty places them at a growing disadvantage in their developing strategic rivalry with Beijing.

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