The US is all set to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which banned missile equipment ranging between 550-5500 km and was signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, reported RNZ.
Foreign Ministry of Russia released a statement Friday, saying that “on August 2 2019 the Treaty between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America on the elimination of medium- and short-range missiles, signed in Washington on 8 December 1987, was terminated at the initiative of the American side.”
US has previously accused Russia of violating the treaty and started the process of withdrawing, yet Moscow denied the accusations. Later Russian President Vladimir Putin also suspended Russia’s obligations under the treaty.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres commented on the news and said that “when the treaty expires tomorrow, the world will lose an invaluable brake on nuclear war.”
“This will likely heighten, not reduce, the threat posed by ballistic missiles. Regardless of what transpires, the parties should avoid destabilizing developments and urgently seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control.”
Experts claim that now, since the INF treaty has collapsed, Russia, the US and China would start developing and deploying new weapons.
US President Donald Trump reportedly wants to negotiate a new treaty. Talking to reporters Thursday, Trump stated: “Russia would like to do something on a nuclear treaty and that’s OK with me.”
“They would like to do something and so would I.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website