Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

NATO, US put pressure on Russian Federation over INF treaty

NATO, US put pressure on Russian Federation over INF treaty

In turn, NATO foreign ministers agreed to formally declare Russian Federation in "material breach" of the INF treaty in a statement in support of the US.

"It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations", Pompeo said on Tuesday after meeting with NATO foreign ministers.

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NATO allies led by Germany pressed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting in Brussels to give diplomacy a final push before Washington pulls out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, fearing a new arms race in Europe.

President Donald Trump on Monday said an arms race between the US, China, and Russian Federation had become "uncontrollable", signaling he hoped to work with the leaders of those countries to bring it to a "meaningful halt" in the near future. "We are dealing with big power, but China will also benefit significantly if and when the transaction is committed", - trump wrote in his microblog on Twitter.

The United States warned Russian Federation on Tuesday it will withdraw from a major cold war treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms if Moscow does not dismantle missiles that Washington says breach it within 60 days. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday took aim at China, Iran, Russia and others for violating numerous treaties and multi-state agreements and questioned whether many pillars of global trade and diplomacy are still relevant.

Also, according to the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders, China agreed to buy a "very significant" amount of USA goods to reduce the trade imbalance.

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Trump signaled he hoped to bring the arms race to a "meaningful halt" in potential discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tensions between the United States and China rose in May when the U.S. administration said it would levy extra taxes on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, bringing that figure up to $250 billion over the next few months.

But as to what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would do beyond the sea patrols and air policing it already does, he said: "There is already a lot of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the Black Sea".

Stoltenberg said the 29 NATO allies will "collectively develop responses" should the treaty be abandoned, but he declined to say what they might be. Three NATO allies on the Black Sea - Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey - are also taking individual measures.

Pompeo said the US government had raised the issue at least 30 times since 2013 with Moscow but had faced what he said were denials and counter-actions.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had reportedly been pushing to have the USA withdraw from this treaty.

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