Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump complains about cost of ‘uncontrollable’ arms race

Trump complains about cost of ‘uncontrollable’ arms race

NATO formally accused Russia on Tuesday of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles, issuing a statement that supported US accusations of Russian violations.

"I am confident that in the future, the President XI (Jinping) and I, along with Russian President Putin, to begin negotiations on effective cessation of the arms race that has become a massive and uncontrollable", wrote trump on Twitter.

In October, US President Donald Trump declared the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

Russian Federation has said little about its Novator 9M729 cruise missile, also known as the SSC-8, other than to deny that it is in breach of the pact.

Or warning them: "I think Trump is signaling/warning both if they don't come to the table they will face a USA arms buildup that they will have to match", James Jay Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation told the Military Times.

Trump and Xi's bilateral summit Saturday on the sidelines of a G-20 leaders' summit in Argentina resulted in a 90-day delay in new US tariffs, possibly giving leeway for progress in diplomatic affairs.

A date for the USA official withdrawal from the treaty has yet to be pinpointed, leaving room for a possible fix that would likely also have to involve China. "It is now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF Treaty", the statement says.

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Russian border guards last week fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea near the Russia-occupied Crimea. The two did have an "informal" conversation at the summit.

"Dialogue is not working out despite certain plans and certain homework done by both sides", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

"But unfortunately, as you know, this meeting did not take place".

The Pentagon's budget for 2019 totals about $716 billion, but that includes everything from health care and pay for service members to the costs of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The bill provided the largest military pay raise in nine years.

Trump had talks on the same day with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and said a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim would happen soon, to follow up their June 12 Singapore summit, and also supported a visit by Kim to Seoul.

President Donald Trump blasted the United States' defense spending in a Monday morning tweet, despite long being a champion for increased military spending.

"I regret that we will now most likely see the end of the INF treaty, but at the same time we don't have any other alternative than to react in the way we do".

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