Putin says Russia will follow US in abandoning nuclear arms pact

Source: The Hill | February 2, 2019 | Tal Axelrod

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty after the Trump administration announced Friday that it would pull out of the pact.

“We will respond quid pro quo,” Putin said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “Our American partners have announced they were suspending their participation in the treaty and we will do the same.

“They have announced they will conduct research and development, and we will act accordingly,” Putin added, according to the outlet.

President Trump on Friday accused Moscow of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which was signed between then-President Reagan and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

“For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad,” Trump said in a statement Friday.

The U.S. has publicly accused Russia of violating the treaty since 2014 under the Obama administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty effective Saturday.

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Putin, in response, said he would order the development of new land-based intermediate-range weapons but would not deploy them unless the U.S. did so.

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    Doesn’t matter. I expect Russia broke the agreement a long time ago, and for all any of us know, maybe the US did too. I’ve always said we can’t trust Russia. They are not our friends. Yet, the US continues to make treaties and sign accords with our enemies, knowing the documents aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. Why? Are we that naieve?

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