Putin warns new 'arms race' if US exits missile treaty

Trump: U.S. Will ‘Build Up’ Nuclear Arsenal Until Other Nations ‘Come To Their Senses’

Trump and Bolton try to dismantle the INF Treaty

Bolton reiterated Trump's contention that the INF is an outdated agreement that doesn't address a rising Chinese military threat.

The U.S. government, which is now holding discussions with the Kremlin about terminating the INF treaty, says that aside from the fact that Russian Federation has been a violator, the agreement did nothing to check the growing nuclear capabilities of the Chinese communist regime. Putin asked with a laugh.

According to Korb, declining to sign the treaty along with exiting the INF is akin to the US passing up vital opportunities to monitor Russia's activities and working together to curb nuclear competition. "Russian Federation needed to comply in a transparent, viable way", he said. They've been violating it for many years, ' Trump told reporters in Nevada, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Rather than scrapping treaties, Downman said the Trump administration should explore further sanctions on Russian weapons they believe are violating the INF Treaty and "exhaust its diplomatic and military options within the treaty".

The landmark IRNF treaty, signed by America and Russian Federation in 1987, eliminated all nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500-1,000 kilometres (310-620 mi) (short-range) and 1,000-5,500 km (620-3,420 mi).

"I don't foresee that allies will deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe as a response to the new Russian missile", Stoltenberg told reporters at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels.

President Andrzej Duda was asked in Berlin on Tuesday whether Poland would be prepared to host new USA medium-range missiles if Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Unless Russia and China agree to a new pact, Trump has said, "we are going to develop the weapons".

The treaty prohibits the USA and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a 300- to 3,400-mile range.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was not productive to divine coffee grounds as to the Trump administration's plans. "There is nothing left, but an arms race", Putin said.

If Trump's critics are right that he ditched the Iran nuclear agreement because Obama negotiated and concluded it, Trump's announcement that he's ready to walk away from the INF Treaty might also imply that, in Trump's view, Obama was dead wrong to uphold an agreement that Russian Federation didn't respect.

In 2011, Bolton argued in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that the United States should either expand the treaty to cover China or "abrogate it entirely so that we can rebuild our own deterrent capabilities".

Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had told reporters that there were now no prospects for a new deal to replace the INF and stressed the "dangerous position" of giving up the INF treaty without an alternative in sight.

But this week, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton made the bold and unsupportable claim that the Kremlin's meddling in 2016 had no effect on the election.

President Trump wants to start building ballistic missiles.

Of the major European powers, only Britain has offered support, with the country's defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, accusing Moscow of making a "mockery" of the INF treaty, an agreement that eased Cold War tensions.

US President Donald Trump threatened to terminate the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty on Sunday, citing repeated violations by Russian Federation and China's absence from the pact to justify the decision.

The assessment came after US President Donald Trump on Monday said China's growing arsenal had played into his decision to pull out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which banned short and medium-range nuclear and conventional missiles.

On Tuesday, speaking in Moscow, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the risk sprang from Russian noncompliance.

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