US president, Donald Trump has announced that the US will pull out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia. President Trump has said that Russia has violated the bilateral treaty. Trump further that the US is the only one up holding to the agreements made in the treaty.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was established in 1987 by the US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and was an agreement to end the proliferations and use of intercontinental nuclear weapons. The treaty was also key in ending the Cold War between the USA and Soviet Union.
The US has said that they have honoured the agreement but Russia is not adhering to it, as well as saying China is also developing nuclear weapons. President Trump stated that if all three countries came together to create new agreement they would be open to that, but they cannot allow other countries to develop nuclear weapons while they cannot.
Under the treaty the US and Russia are required to eliminate land launched nuclear missiles with a range of 500-5500km. The treaty has kept Russia and the USA from engaging in another arms race. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President said Russia will provide an immediate and reciprocal response and that Russia has fully complied with the treaty and will continue with it as long as the US does.