Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin Warns Of New 'Arms Race' If Trump Abandons Nuclear Pacts

Putin Warns Of New 'Arms Race' If Trump Abandons Nuclear Pacts

The missile would be a violation of the INF treaty and would enable Russian Federation to launch a conventional or nuclear strike at Nato countries at very short notice.

President Vladimir Putin has warned Russian Federation will respond "in kind" if new USA nuclear missiles are placed in Europe.

US President Donald Trump at the weekend announced his intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed in 1987 between the US and the Soviet Union. They have already made threats to respond, but I doubt we will see any significant change in their programs.

"We will never accept any form of blackmail", Hua said. "So under that view, exactly one country was constrained by the INF Treaty: the United States".

Berlin said it "regrets" Washington's decision, adding that it urged Russia to "dispel the serious doubts about its adherence to the treaty that had arisen as a result of a new type of Russian missile".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government voiced immediate concern over US President Donald Trump's threats to pull out of the INF nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation. Trump however can't blame Obama for what happened to the INF Treaty: Under Obama, the USA government on several occasions between 2008 and 2014 called Russian Federation out for violating it. Trump isn't overturning Obama's legacy in this case-until now Russian Federation has not addressed the U.S. allegations but instead has countered by claiming that the United States is in non-compliance.

Moreover, it showed that the Untied States wanted to re-align its relationship with Russian Federation, O'Connell said.

Mr Putin says he hopes to discuss the issue with Mr Trump in Paris on the sideline of November 11 events marking 100 years since Armistice Day.

Signed in 1987 by USA president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, it bans missiles that can travel distances of between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 and 5,500 kilometres).

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"I'm not sure that there needs to be this kind of escalation in Europe".

The analysis noted that Russian Federation has countered by accusing the USA of itself violating the INF by deploying a "component" of the so-called Mark 41 Vertical Launch System, using other "banned missiles" in military tests, and asserting that American armed drones are effectively banned cruise missiles - all allegations that Washington denies. Unless the treaty can be revised to somehow include other parties with major missile programs - unlikely as it would mean a de-facto recognition by the United States of the North Korean arsenal, or else to limit restrictions under the treaty to the European theater alone, it remains unviable for the United States to remain a signatory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US National Security Adviser John Bolton during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Oct. 23, 2018.

But Obama, who had long advocated nuclear arms control, did not seek to kill the treaty; instead, his administration tried to address alleged violations within the context of the INF Treaty.

The pact was lauded as a safeguard for global security because it eliminated shorter-range missiles that take only a few minutes to reach their targets.

With tensions over the treaty's possible unraveling mounting, NATO today officially launches its Trident Juncture war games in Norway, its biggest maneuvers since the Cold War.

The ties with the US have not been that friendly but this month, the two countries agreed to move forward as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met US National Security Advisor John Bolton and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo. Ryabkov said. "These questions were not answered appropriately, and there is no more clarity on this", he added. Trump has threatened that the USA will withdraw from the treaty, citing alleged Russian violations of the pact.

Information for this article was contributed by Andrew E. Kramer of The New York Times and by Lorne Cook, Vladimir Isachenkov and Geir Moulson of The Associated Press.

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