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FORMER US PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SOVIET PRESIDENT GORBACHEV SIGN DOCUMENTS. Russia follows the US and suspends involvement in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty
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  Russia suspends its involvement in Cold War era treaty, as US also begins withdrawal among accusations of Russia breaking the pact
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  Russia has suspended its involvement in the <a href="https://www.state.gov/t/avc/trty/102360.htm">Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty</a> (INF), a day after the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-regarding-intermediate-range-nuclear-forces-inf-treaty/">US announced</a> it was beginning the withdrawal from the Cold War-era pact.
  Signed by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47101429">in 1987</a>, the INF prohibits<a href="https://www.state.gov/t/avc/trty/102360.htm"> ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers,</a> and required the destruction of all such existing weaponry at the time.
  The planned US withdrawal comes amid claims Russia has not been adhering to the treaty for <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/us-says-russia-tested-cruise-missile-in-violation-of-treaty.html?action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;version=LedeSum&amp;module=inline&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;hp=&amp;_r=0">a number of years.</a> Donald Trump's White House <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/what-is-theinf-nuclear-treaty/a-45981536">declared that Russia was in violation of the INF in December 2018</a>, and giving the Kremlin a 60 day period to comply or the US would begin the withdrawal from the treaty to which it had been a party for over 3 decades.  The passing of this deadline lead to the<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-regarding-intermediate-range-nuclear-forces-inf-treaty/"> statement by President Trump on February 1st</a> announcing the US will completely withdraw from the agreement within 6 months "unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment."
  The Russian Government has in turn said that the US has been in<a href="http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59763"> violation of the act since 1999, </a>and that they remain open to an ongoing discourse on disarmament. "For many years, we have been calling on numerous occasions for holding meaningful disarmament talks" <a href="http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59763">President Putin said in a meeting with his Defense and Foreign ministers</a>. "We have seen that our partners have not been supportive of our initiatives." The Russian Government have <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47101429">denied violating the INF treaty,</a> though Mr. Putin has<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38978632"> previously said</a> that the treaty no longer serves Russia's interests, and is unfair as it does not apply to other countries that have since developed missiles within the same range.
  <a href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/who_is_who_49999.htm">Jens Stoltenberg</a> , the Secretary General of NATO, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47101429">told the BBC</a> that "All (European) allies agree with the United States because Russia has violated the treaty for several years. They are deploying more and more of the new nuclear capable missiles in Europe." <a href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162996.htm">A statement</a> released by the organisation included that "We (NATO) continue to aspire to a constructive relationship with Russia, when Russia’s actions make that possible."
&nbsp Both <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-regarding-intermediate-range-nuclear-forces-inf-treaty/">President Trump</a> and <a href="http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59763">President Putin</a> have stated plans for their nations to develop new arms technology in light of the suspension of the treaty.
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  <p><a href="http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59763" rel="nofollow">Meeting with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu — The Kremlin</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.state.gov/t/avc/trty/102360.htm" rel="nofollow">Treaty Between The United States Of America And The Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics On The Elimination Of Their Intermediate-Range And Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) — US Department of State</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-regarding-intermediate-range-nuclear-forces-inf-treaty/" rel="nofollow">Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty — The White House</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162996.htm" rel="nofollow">Statement on Russia’s failure to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty — NATO</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/us-says-russia-tested-cruise-missile-in-violation-of-treaty.html?action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;version=LedeSum&amp;module=inline&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;hp=&amp;_r=0" rel="nofollow">U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty — New York Times</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45723952" rel="nofollow">Tensions rise as US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles — BBC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.dw.com/en/what-is-theinf-nuclear-treaty/a-45981536" rel="nofollow">What is the INF nuclear treaty? — DW</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-nuclear/russia-suspends-inf-nuclear-deal-with-u-s-putin-idUSKCN1PR06T" rel="nofollow">Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after U.S. says to pull out — Reuters</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-russia-nato/nato-allies-fully-support-us-action-on-inf-treaty-idUSKCN1PQ4WX" rel="nofollow">NATO allies ‘fully support’ U.S. action on INF treaty — Reuters</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38978632" rel="nofollow">Tensions rise as US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles — BBC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/who_is_who_49999.htm">Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General — NATO</a></p>

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