US President Donald Trump confirmed on October 20, 2018, that the United States will pull out of the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which it had signed with Russia during the Cold War.
Explaining the decision, Trump alleged that Russia has “violated” the agreement. He said that they have been violating it for many years. He said that the US would not let Russia violate a nuclear agreement and go out and develop the weapons while the US is not allowed to.
According to reports, a Russian foreign ministry source has said that the US’s move is motivated by a ‘dream of a unipolar world’ where it is the only global superpower. Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss the decision with US national security adviser John Bolton when he visits Russia this week.
The withdrawal of the United States from the treaty could provoke an arms race across Europe, similar to the one that was occurring when the agreement was initially signed in the 1980s.