United States suspends compliance on landmark weapons treaty with Russian Federation

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"But I'm saying what is the option, what is the recipe to say that countries must comply (with) the agreements they made?"

The White House released a statement from President Donald Trump in which he calls out Russian Federation for violating the treaty and posing a threat to NATO allies.

Since then, "Russia has refused to take any steps to return to full and verifiable compliance", Pompeo said.

The United States will suspend its obligations under a landmark nuclear treaty with Russian Federation starting on February 2, according to simultaneous statements issued by the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department said Pompeo would make a public statement Friday morning, but it did not mention the topic. "The answer to that is no".

Signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the treaty "requires destruction of the Parties' ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, their launchers and associated support structures and support equipment".

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NATO said in a statement that the USA allies "fully support" the U.S. withdrawal and agreed that Russia's 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile systems, whose range is the cause of United States concerns, violated the treaty. Signed in 2011, the strategic arms treaty limits the number of US and Russian nuclear warheads and delivery systems, and it is due to expire in early 2021 unless Washington and Moscow agree to extend it. Since then, Washington has been repeating its claims on many occasions, while Moscow has been rejecting them and advancing counter-claims concerning the implementation of the treaty by the United States side. "We're the ones that have stayed in the agreement, and we've honored the agreement". "This era of stability is put at great risk by President Trump's decision to unilaterally pull out of the INF Treaty".

NATO-Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Russian Federation showed no sign as late as last week that it was willing to return to compliance in talks with allied ambassadors. "You have to be concerned he will welcome any excuse not to extend New START, just as he welcomed this reason to kill the INF Treaty". Russian Federation is now waiting to see whether Washington will "inform us they are actually withdrawing" from the INF Treaty, he added.

"They are probably beginning a race to exhaust us economically", he said.

Democrats in Congress and some arms control advocates slammed the decision as opening the door to an arms race. Since China has never been a signatory of the INF Treaty, it has been able to build up a vast arsenal of nonnuclear weapons, such as the DF-21 "carrier killer", that now threaten freedom of navigation in the Pacific. "I think it is easier to convince Japan and South Korea to put missile systems against China", Baluevsky said.

The US has no nuclear-capable missiles based in Europe; the last of that type and range were withdrawn in line with the INF treaty.

The decision comes after years of arguing between the USA and Russian Federation over whether specific weapons programs were in violation, though it received extra scrutiny from critics due to President Donald Trump's repeated calls for a closer relationship with Russian Federation. "We can not be the only country bound by a treaty".

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The announcement drew a mixed reaction from Capitol Hill, where Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Sen.

"The only ones applauding the decision to tear up the INF Treaty are the nuclear weapons manufacturers, eagerly anticipating the kickoff of Cold War II". Leaving the treaty would allow the Trump administration to counter the Chinese, but it's unclear how it would do that. China's military has grown mightily since the treaty was signed, and the pact has prevented the US from deploying weapons to counter some of those being developed in Beijing.

"One side has not been adhering to it", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. "That is not a meaningful agreement".

"All NATO allies agree that Russia's violation is a material breach of the treaty and that the United States is in compliance with the treaty", Hutchison said.

The U.S. has no immediate plans to deploy new missiles to Europe when the withdrawal takes effect in August, according to two administration officials involved in the deliberations who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

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