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Trump says US will pull out of key arms control treaty with Russia

© Yuri Kadobnov, AFP | File photo of US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-10-20

President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal.

"Russia has not adhered to the agreement. So we are going to terminate the agreement," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.

"Russia has violated the agreement. They've been violating it for many years. I don't know why [former US] President [Barack] Obama didn't negotiate or pull out. And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons (while) we're not allowed to."

The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the US and its allies in Europe and the Far East. It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

The announcement came as US National Security Advisor John Bolton was headed to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

British daily The Guardian as well as The New York Times had earlier reported that Bolton had recommended the US leave the agreement.

Withdrawal from the treaty, which would mark a sharp break in US arms control policy, has yet to be agreed upon by cabinet and faces opposition from within the State Department and the Pentagon, The Guardian reported.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP)

Date created : 2018-10-20

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