Trump claims Russian Federation has long violated the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
"While claiming he would be receptive if both Russian Federation and China concluded, "'Let's all of us get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons", under current circumstances, Trump appears hellbent on making more weapons.
US authorities believe Moscow is developing and has deployed a ground-launched system in breach of the INF treaty that could allow it to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice. 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. "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said Saturday after a rally in Nevada.
Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in Moscow on Sunday and is set to meet Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday.
He noted on CNN that some defense specialists say that "because China is not part of this (the INF) they're developing systems that will move beyond where we are". "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to".
"I don't think we're at the stage right now that if we pull out of the INF Treaty, you've got to go sort of build a bunker in your backyard", Kirby said.
However, it wasn't until recently that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officially confirmed Russia's activity constituted a likely violation.
Moscow has repeatedly rejected U.S. claims that it had violated the terms of the INF, saying that it 'adheres to its obligations and intends to continue to fulfill them, ' and accusing Washington of pursuing "the dream of unipolar world" with such decisions.
Ryabkov also accused the Trump administration of using the Cold War-era treaty to "blackmail" Russian Federation.
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It was explaining the options to migrants and helping those who chose to apply for refugee status to navigate the lengthy process. The much talked about caravan of Central American migrants has been forced to turn around at the Mexico-Guatemala border.
The country's deputy foreign minister told Russian media that the withdrawal would be "a very risky step".
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying: "We are preparing a meeting with president Putin and we expect that the meeting will take place".
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has previously suggested that a Trump administration proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to Washington's nuclear arsenal could provide the US with leverage to try to persuade Russian Federation to come back in line on the arms treaty. The US argues that Russia's Novator ground-based missile violates the treaty.
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 US security and betray NATO allies. The two leaders discussed implementation of the nuclear plant contract and considered the possibility of establishing a Russian industrial park along the Suez Canal.
Trump did not provide details about violations. However, Ushakov said there is no plan so far to organize a new Russia-U.S. summit.
Trump's plan also is causing jitters in Germany, site of peace protests in the early 1980s against the stationing of USA intermediate-range nuclear missiles to counter the threat of Soviet SS-20s.
The two countries have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty.
New START seeks to limit the stockpiles of long-range and submarine missiles and heavy bombers, plus related warheads and launchers, in US and Russian possession.