Russian Federation blasts Trump for pulling out of nuclear deal


On Saturday, Trump announced U.S. plans to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, signed in 1987 by the then United States president Ronald Reagan.

Russia, which has repeatedly rejected accusations of breaching the Soviet-era treaty, expects "substantive explanations" from Bolton while he's in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency early Sunday. "Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?", the news agency quoted Mr. Gorbachev as saying. "We're gonna pull out", he said of the agreement, which was signed in December 1987 by former President Ronald Reagan and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachecv.

But Trump also hinted that talks could be possible if "Russia comes to us ... and they say, 'Let's all of us get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons'".

People in the former republics "interpret it in their own way, but all the same they believe that life in the Soviet Union was more secure, calmer, they felt surer of themselves", he told a forum in the Russian city of Sochi. "It's no reason to end the agreement we have with Russian Federation".

The Kremlin said President Putin would be seeking an explanation from visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Putin's last visit came shortly after the death of Uzbekistan's long-term leader Islam Karimov, during a time of political uncertainty after years of isolation. It prohibits the United States and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has suggested that a proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to its nuclear arsenal could provide leverage to persuade Russian Federation to honour INF.

"This would be a very unsafe step that, I am sure, not only will not be comprehended by the global community but will provoke serious condemnation", BBC quoted Ryabkov as saying.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signed what officials describes as a strategic cooperation treaty created to increase trade, military, and other ties between the two nations, here on Wednesday.

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"My biggest frustration is that the United States is now withdrawing from the INF treaty having not even tried (in a meaningful way) to bring Russian Federation back into compliance", James Acton, co-director of the Carnegie Endowment's Nuclear Policy Program, wrote on Twitter.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of MA, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said pulling out of the treaty would play into Russia's hands, undermine USA security and betray NATO allies.

Aside from the uncertainty caused by a bitter trade war, military tensions between China and the United States have been steadily growing, especially in the South China Sea. As a non-signatory, Beijing can develop without constraints intermediate-range nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation has said little about its new missile other than to deny that it is in breach of the agreement.

On Friday, the United States announced criminal charges against a Russian for alleged attempts to influence next month's mid-term elections.

Trump's announcement on Saturday suggested that he hoped for the re-negotiation of the terms.

The two leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

But Senator Lindsey Graham, who has become an outspoken ally of Trump's, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the president was making "absolutely the right move".