The United States on Friday, August 2, has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which marked the demise of the Cold War era.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. The treaty banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km (310-3,400 miles). In fact, the signing of this treaty pulled the world out of the Cold War.
Jen Stoltenberg gave Russia one last chance to maintain a nuclear treaty with the United States. In the fall of 2018, US President Donald Trump said that Russia violates the conditions of the accord, and in this situation, its preservation is risky to the United States.
In December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded Russia within 60 days to destroy or modify the 9M729 missile, which, according to Washington, violates the INF Treaty in terms of its performance.
On February 2, the United States terminated the accord and began the process of withdrawing from it. Soon after, Russian president Vladimir Putin suspended Russia’s obligations under the treaty. The Russian government has consistently counteraccused the US administration.