Trump says USA ending arms control treaty with Russian Federation

Geraldine Edwards
October 21, 2018

His blunt talk Thursday comes as Russia-West relations remain frosty over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential vote. "Despite our objections, Russian Federation continues to produce and field prohibited cruise missiles and has ignored calls for transparency".

Meanwhile, The Guardian newspaper reported that Bolton recently recommended that Trump withdraw from the treaty.

However, officials in Washington have questioned whether Putin actually has any capabilities beyond those already known to the USA military.

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Vladimir Putin touted his country's military superiority on Thursday, citing developments in the area of hypersonic missiles as one example.

Washington believes Moscow is developing a ground-launched system in breach of the INF treaty that could allow Moscow to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.

He said Russian Federation would not be the first to initiate an attack but only use its nuclear weapons in retaliatory missile attacks if early warning systems spotted missiles heading toward the country.

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"They will simply die because they won't even have time to repent", he said to some laughter from the audience.

In March, Mr Putin unveiled what he said was a new arsenal of advanced weaponry including nuclear devices immune to enemy interception.

He said in a tweet on October 19 that he will start his visit meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. Russian Federation has claimed that USA missile defences violate the pact. Sanctions had been imposed for Russia's suspected meddling in elections in the United States and other countries, the Ukraine crisis and allegations it was behind a nerve agent attack in Britain. However, the USA has no plans to stop selling weapons to the Kingdom as doing so "would hurt us far more than it would hurt them", Trump said.

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