No New Nuclear Arms In Europe Despite Russian Treaty Breach

Earlier, Reuters reported Bolton's statements according to the radio station's translation of his English remarks into Russian.

Raising the spectre of a nuclear arms race, Putin said Russia's response to Trump leaving the INF treaty would be "very fast and very effective". Laughing, Putin asked if the eagle ate all the olives.

Under the 1987 agreement, the U.S. and the former Soviet Union committed to eliminate all ground-based nuclear and conventional missiles with a range 310 to 3,420 miles. They argue Russian Federation would be unshackled if the INF treaty were abandoned and could seek to develop more short- and medium-range ground-launched nuclear missiles.

The German Foreign Ministry said Maas reminded Pompeo "that the treaty affects core interests of the European security architecture".

President Donald Trump said over the weekend that the United States intends to pull out of the 1987 agreement banning short- and intermediate-range missiles that are launched from land.

On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said European members were unlikely to deploy new weapons.

The Russian president outlined a scenario in which the U.S. would move to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and decide to place nuclear missiles at Russia's doorstep. "We don't want a new arms race", he said at a news conference announcing the start of NATO's biggest military exercises since that era of tensions ended in 1991.

Downman said there was concern, especially after Russia's military annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014, but European Union governments have similarly expressed caution about the Trump administration.

Pulling out of a historic US-Russia arms treaty endangers life on Earth, Mikhail Gorbachev warned Donald Trump yesterday.


Putin rejected Trump's claim that Russian Federation has breached the INF treaty, alleging it was the United States that violated the pact. He warned that the US will begin developing such weapons unless Russian Federation and China agree not to possess or develop them.

The INF Treaty has since been hailed as a major success-mostly by Europeans. "In fact, it declares an intention to start an arms race and to build up military potential", Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, adding that the decision would make the world a less safe place.

During his visit, Mr Bolton also warned Russia not to meddle in any further United States elections, claiming that Russian involvement in the 2016 USA elections had backfired on Moscow.

But Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is still conducting his investigation; for instance, his team and Trump's counsel reportedly have discussed the president submitting written answers to some questions. It would risk intensifying a growing USA military rivalry with Beijing and Moscow, both of which are likely to deploy new weapons to counter any USA buildup, critics say.

Without the treaty, some European countries fear that Washington might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe again and that Russian Federation might move to deploy such missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad which would once again turn Europe into a potential nuclear battlefield.

Speaking on a trip to Belarus, Russia's ex-Soviet neighbour and current ally, Shoigu warned that Poland's plan to permanently host a us army division would affect regional stability and trigger a Russian response.

"It's being discussed right now", Trump said, referring to a "Mike Bolton" currently in Moscow negotiating the talks (he was presumably referring to national security adviser John Bolton). Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying that "even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust" between the two countries.

At a news conference Tuesday in Moscow, Bolton brushed off mounting concerns from China and European allies - as well as Russian Federation - that USA withdrawal from the treaty would undermine global security.


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