Russian Federation says it's WAR

Artist’s concept for the Precision Strike Missile which is designed to replace the Army Tactical Missile System

Artist’s concept for the Precision Strike Missile which is designed to replace the Army Tactical Missile System

That at one time became the basis for the conclusion of a nuclear agreement between Russian Federation and the United States?

So by withdrawing from the INF Treaty, and clearing the way for such deployments, Trump has given the United States a massive new bargaining chip.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts", Mattis said.

"We will find ways to minimize the harm from [US sanctions] in any case, and over some time stop being dependent on the attempts to blackmail us", Lavrov said during the program "Moscow".

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote in The New York Times this week that the INF Treaty he negotiated with President Ronald Reagan paved the way for drastic reductions in the nuclear arsenals of both Russian Federation and the U.S. And as NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow, President Putin now warns that the world could experience a new nuclear arms race. The treaty applies to both nuclear and conventional variants, and it led the two superpowers to remove thousands of nuclear missiles they had pointed at each other in Europe. Because of the treaty, almost 3,000 of these missiles were destroyed by both sides, disproportionately more by the USSR than by the US.

Wood repeated the US accusations on Friday, telling the disarmament committee after the vote that for 5 1/2 years the United States has tried to engage Russian Federation on the issue of treaty violations.

"Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I have confirmed it", The Daily Mail reports. However, US colleagues are trying to joke on this, saying that the relations will normalize, but there has been no response to the facts of meddling so far. It shouldn't be required to remain in the treaty even if Russian Federation is blatantly violating it and if the treaty itself is increasingly outdated against a rapidly worsening security outlook dominated by a rising and assertive China. We'll build it up ...

Trump accused Russian Federation of not honoring the agreement last week and said the US would be withdrawing. The State Department has refuted the accusation.

"It's only recently that they admitted to having produced a ground-launch cruise missile but then maintained that it did not violate the range limits of the treaty", he said.

Does this mean a return to the nuclear arms race and does it increase the risk of conflict?

- The INF Treaty was focused on Europe, which was targeted by Soviet missiles and which was where U.S. counter-missiles were based. "It does not have to be symmetric and it'll be in close consultation with allies". While Russia acknowledges that the missile exists, they deny that it has an effective range within the ranges set by the treaty. But over the past few years, the United States has been avoiding such discussion. And what exactly are the claims of Washington to Moscow?

Trump and Putin are due to meet in Paris on November 11.

- For twenty years, Washington has adopted policies that implicitly, perhaps inexorably, undermined the INF Treaty. "I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so, as I said, the consultations continue".

Mattis expected the conversations about the INF to culminate in December, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers meet in Brussels.

"It would be good for the superpowers to cooperate", Babis also said at a joint news conference.

Yet those same opponents have campaigned vigorously against the Trump administration's decision to proceed with eventual re-introduction of nuclear-armed SLCMs on US Navy submarines as announced in the 2018 nuclear posture review.

Information for this article was contributed by Paul Sonne of The Washington Post; and by staff members of The Associated Press.

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