Secretary of State announces suspension of INF Treaty with Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced United States is suspending intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia alleging the counterpart has been violating terms since 2014 and it is important to reciprocate appropriately.

The suspension was expected amid concerns of a renewed arms race with Russia. The withdrawal process will take 180 days and within the time frame Moscow can return to compliance with the 1987 agreement.

In a released statement President Trump said Friday, “The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.”

Even though US and Russia are the only two parties to the INF but the treaty affects European security.

Meanwhile, Russia has denied any such violation and talks with the US have unfortunately not yielded progress.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, “We told the US side that it is impossible to hold dialogue in the conditions of attempted blackmailing of Russia.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany will speak to Russia and do the needful to utilize six-month deadline to help the treaty return back on track.

Paul Linus