American President Donald Trump, had yesterday confirmed that the United States plans to opt out from a historic nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims that Moscow has violated the deal. The 30–year old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan, and known as the INF.
While his National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Moscow to meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin this year, Trump said speaking to reporters during a rally in Nevada: ‘We’re the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out. Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years. I don’t know why President Barack Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons while we’re not allowed to’.
Recall that since the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and also tension over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country’s civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine, U.S.-Russia ties has been under deep strain.