US mulls withdrawal from arms treaty over Russian 'violations'

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  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    The United States hinted Thursday it might withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear arms reduction treaty if Russia does not stop "violating" the accord.

    Washington has complained for nearly two years that a ground-launched missile system deployed by Russia breaches the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    "This situation is untenable, and we have to take measures to deal with this continued violation of this very important treaty," US ambassador on disarmament Robert Wood told reporters in Geneva.

    He said that pushing Russia to "come back into compliance" with the INF would be a top US priority at disarmament meetings at the United Nations in New York next week.

    But he added: "I just don't know how much longer we can continue to live up to our obligations under this treaty with Russia violating this treaty so blatantly and openly."

    Russia has repeatedly insisted its 9M729 missile system does not breach the treaty, but Wood said Moscow had long denied the weapon even existed.

    "The Russians continue to obfuscate, deny, because this is what they do best," he said.

    His comments came after the US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, said Tuesday that Washington was looking to "take out the missiles that are in development by Russia".
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  2. athenasius

    athenasius Well-Known Member

    actually might be a good idea, because Russia is acting outside that treaty, so America shouldn't abide by it for fear of having to play catch up later. This is Putin's way of saying game on. If the West doesn't respond, Putin will continue to build up his weapons and get ready for a wider conflict which we know will happen eventually as per Ez 38
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