By Erkan Nasirli
Science & Technology Editor
President Donald Trump has declared that the US will be discontinuing the 30-year-old Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after accusing Putin and his administration of dishonoring the agreement by producing a new cruise missile.
The INF has been in place since December 1987, when President Ronald Reagan and USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev signed it.
It bounds both nations to abolish their missiles and nuclear weapons that have a range between 500 km and 5500 km, and it provided assurance for America’s European allies during the peak of the Cold War.
Trump blames President Obama for not terminating the agreement.
“Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement so we’re going to terminate it,” said Trump as he was boarding Air Force One in Nevada.
He also stated that the only way the US will implement this treaty again would be if both Russia and China comply, which is ultimately his main goal in this situation, to reel in the Chinese, although it is improbable since China’s INF missiles have become their defensive weapons of choice.
Russian independent political analyst, Dmitry Oreshkin, warned that “We are slowly slipping back to the situation of the Cold War as it was at the end of the Soviet Union, with quite similar consequences, but now it could be worse.”
German officials described the decision as “regrettable,” contrary to the opinion of Britain’s Defence Secretary, who said his country stands “absolutely resolute’’ with the United States.
Other European states are concerned that the fall of the INF treaty could lead to a modern arms race.
Although Russia has been supposedly constructing these missiles, with the agreement dissolved they can now openly manufacture them, and once again pose a threat to the United States.