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INF Withdrawal Media Update

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This is the single biggest Russia related topic in the media at this time. The Russians continue to deny violations. Strategically Russia has significant exposure to PLA Rocket Forces’ IRBMs and GLCMs and this may be their motive, but since Russia is trying to ingratiate itself with China, they would never admit they are breaching the INF to deal with China. So denying it altogether or blaming it on the West is a compatible excuse.

Trump’s ‘very dangerous’ decision to abandon nuclear accord has ‘mankind facing full chaos,’ Russia says | Fox News

Hours after President Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of a decades-old bilateral nuclear agreement that he said Russia had been “violating for many years,” top Russian officials lined up to hit back in no uncertain terms, calling the president’s move a “very dangerous” provocation that would lead to “full chaos.”

Russia accused U.S. of breaking INF Treaty – Russia accuses U.S. of breaking INF Treaty and creation of “unipolar world” –

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of breaking the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles

Russian official: Trump withdrawal from arms control treaty form of ‘blackmail’ | TheHill

Top Russian officials have pushed back against President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF), with the country’s deputy foreign minister calling it a form of “blackmail.”

INF Treaty Co-Signer Gorbachev Calls US Pullout Unacceptable – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on Sunday slammed as unacceptable the US decision to pull from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty he co-signed with Ronald Reagan.

Gorbachev says Trump’s nuclear treaty withdrawal ‘not the work of a great mind’

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, criticized President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from an international nuclear disarmament treaty, saying the move “is not the work of a great mind.”

Trump plan to pull out of nuclear arms treaty decried by Russians

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said, “Washington’s desire to turn back politics cannot be supported.”

Russia fires back at Trump’s plan to pull U.S. out of nuclear arms treaty – CBS News

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state media it &quot;would be a very dangerous step&quot; to leave decades-old treaty

Russia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmament – BBC News

The ex-Soviet president says scrapping a Cold War missile deal will undermine nuclear disarmament.

Russia threatens U.S. with military-technical response for withdrawing from INF Treaty –

If the United States continues to unilaterally withdraw from international agreements, Russia will take retaliatory measures

U.S. Security Adviser Bolton Set For Moscow Talks Amid Rising Tension

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national-security adviser, John Bolton, is set to begin talks in Moscow amid soaring tensions over Trump’s declaration that he would pull the country out of a landmark…

U.S. To Terminate Arms-Control Treaty Over Russia’s ‘Violations’

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is going to terminate an arms-control treaty known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Trump was speaking to journalists in Nevada on October 20. U.S. officials have said Russia has been violating the Cold War-era treaty for years. Russia has consistently denied any such violations.

Trump Declares U.S. Will Withdraw From Cold War-Era Missile Treaty

U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia.

Trump says the US will pull out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, a decades-old agreement that has drawn the ire of the President.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty – BBC News

President Trump said the US will “terminate” a landmark 1987 deal over alleged Russian violations.

Donald Trump to Withdraw U.S. from Nuclear Weapons Treaty | Time

President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.

U.S. To End Cold War-Era Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia, Trump Says : NPR

The 1987 INF treaty banned ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with an intermediate range. For years, U.S. officials have accused Russia of violating the treaty.

Trump promise to leave nuclear deal could be bargaining move, Corker says | World news | The Guardian

Senator says INF exit could be gambit like threatening Nafta while Russia laments ‘blackmail to forcefully get certain concessions’

Gavin Williamson says Britain backs Donald Trump, U.S. on Russia arms treaty withdrawal – Washington Times

Britain’s defense secretary says his country stands “absolutely resolute” with the United States as President Donald Trump says he’ll pull out from a landmark arms control agreement with Russia. Gavin Williamson blames Russia for endangering the treaty. He’s calling on the Kremlin to “get its house in order.”

Britain Agrees With Trump, Russia Claims ‘Blackmail’ Over Decision to Pull Out of Cold War Nuclear Treaty

Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty bans ground-launch nuclear missiles with a range of up to around 3,400 miles and was signed in 1987 by the U.S. and Russia.

France’s Macron told Trump that nuclear pact is key to Europe’s security | Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to stress the importance of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty Trump said Washington would withdraw from, Macron’s office said in a statement on Monday.

German foreign minister: U.S. should consider consequences of leaving nuclear treaty | Reuters

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the United States should consider the consequences, both for Europe and for future disarmament efforts, of pulling out of an international treaty aimed at eliminating a class of nuclear weapons.

Bolton Visiting Russia Amid Reports U.S. Might Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty

White House national security adviser John Bolton leaves on a trip to Russia and the Caucasus on October 20 amid reports that Washington is moving toward withdrawing from a bedrock Cold War-era nuc…

Reports: U.S. Moving To Withdraw From Key Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia

News reports say the United States is moving toward withdrawing from a bedrock Cold War-era arms control treaty that it has accused Russia of violating.

U.S. to Tell Russia It Is Leaving Landmark I.N.F. Treaty – The New York Times

President Trump has been moving toward leaving the treaty because Russia has been violating it and because it is constraining American efforts to counter China in the Western Pacific.

Bolton Headed to Russia Amid Fears US Leaving Nuclear Deal

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nucle…

Trump adviser John Bolton headed to Russia amid reports US is quitting nuclear deal

John Bolton, US national security adviser, will meet Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, on Saturday in Moscow, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty.

Shifting military technology and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear treaty –

Russia has been violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty for at least five years. Trump has announced the US is pulling out of the treaty. Russia tested and then deployed land-based missile with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (300 and 3,400 miles). Sea-based and air-based missiles were not covered under this treaty which is why there are so many air-launched and navy ship and submarine-launched mid-ranged cruise missiles. Drones were not covered under the treaty. The purpose of the INF treaty was to reduce the land-based missiles placed all over Europe and in the Russian area near Europe. The ranges covered just behind the front lines to the end of the European-Russia theater of operations. China has not signed onto this treaty and has many mid-ranged land-based missiles, drones and is now developing railguns and electromagnetic launchers to boost the range of missiles.

The Trump administration is preparing a major mistake on the INF Treaty

The Trump administration is planning to tell Russian leaders next week that it is preparing to exit the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Steven Pifer explains what it means.

Nothing About Trashing the INF Treaty Makes the US Safer – Defense One

From the strategic and diplomatic realms to the budgetary and tactical levels, Trump’s decision makes no sense.