The Trump administration's decision to put in limbo one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russian Federation has rung alarm bells, with the possibility that the move could set off a new arms race.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments early Monday after the Kremlin announced its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Saturday. However, as the United States moves toward a more unilateral posture, those treaties are being discarded as relics of a bygone era.The latest example is the de facto end of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
Russian Federation consistently denied any proscribed activity and so on February 1, the US announced it was pausing its observation of the INF treaty while leaving a six-month window before its official termination.
The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by then U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals. Or talks with Russian Federation could produce a commitment to limit the ground-launched missile's deployment. "In East Asia, the issue of forming the American infrastructure to contain China using this category of armaments will be on the agenda", he explained. The U.S.is now building its first long-range nuclear weapons since 1991, a move that has not gone unnoticed by other countries seeking to modernize their own arsenals.
The US has accused Russian Federation of developing and deploying a cruise missile that violates provisions of the pact that ban production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500km.
"For too long", Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, Russia has violated the treaty "with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops overseas".
"The use of seaborne and air-launched missiles will allow us to significantly reduce the time needed to produce the new missiles as well as financing for them", Shoigu said.
U.S. officials also have expressed worry that China, which is not party to the 1987 treaty, is gaining a significant military advantage in Asia by deploying large numbers of missiles with ranges beyond the treaty's limit.
The Russia of Vladimir Putin had done little in recent years to address United States concerns, first aired by the Obama administration, over its deployment of a new ground-launched cruise missile that the U.S. said left it in noncompliance with the INF Treaty.
Shoigu on Tuesday told his ministry to develop the new weapons by adapting existing missiles to be launched from land.
In addition to this, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO states were not ready for a dialogue on the MK-41 launchers deployed in Romania and Poland in violation of the INF Treaty. At the same time, the USA will begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said.
But how much does the United States really want the treaty to continue? The U.S. has complained to Russian Federation about this missile as far back as the Obama administration but has not received a satisfactory explanation.
"We must not and will not be drawn into a costly arms race", he said.
European leaders in particular are anxious about their continent becoming once again the center of heightened US-Russia tensions and the staging ground for an arms buildup between the two.