• The United States of America will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, confirmed Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
• According to RT, Ryabkov said, “Washington publicly announced its plans to withdraw from the treaty (INF) already in October.
• Through high-level bilateral channels it was confirmed to us that this decision was final and wasn’t an attempt to initiate dialogue.”
• He further underlined that Moscow would take retaliatory measures if the US were to station missiles in Europe that threatened their security.
• “Russia isn’t threatening anybody, but have the necessary strength and means to counter any aggressor,” Ryabkov said, according to RT.
• US President Donald Trump, in October this year, had announced the US’ decision to withdraw from the nuclear treaty.
• Signed by then Soviet Union Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan in 1987.
• The agreement is deterrent in nature and was largely designed to prevent prospects of a full-scale nuclear war in Europe.
Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests
Prelims level: Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty
Mains level: USA’s disregard of bilateral and multilateral treaties