|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
The US national security adviser, John Bolton, confirmed that the US would withdrawal from the landmark intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF) after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials on 23 October 2018. On 4 December 2018 the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a 60 days ultimatum to Russia to comply with the treaty or it will withdraw from it and produce new missiles.
Bolton said that Russia had been violating the treaty for years. Pompeo said Russia has developed intermediate-range missiles whose range makes it a direct menace to Europe. While Moscow said the ultimatum is rude and dismissed the charges. Putin said it was 'very dangerous' to dismantle a global arms control system.
The INF Treaty was concluded in Washington in December 1987 and took effect on 1 June 1988. The INF Treaty eliminated operational and non-operational medium range (1,000-5,500 kilometers) and shorter range (500-1,000 kilometers) ground-launched missiles.
The official pullout from the INF Treaty comes on 2 August 2019, six months after the Trump administration previewed its intention to scrap the 1987 agreement, citing repeated Russian violations.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations, Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Military Affairs|
|Keywords||Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty [INF Treaty]
|Countries / Regions||Russia, United States|