US President Donald Trump said today that his government will end the mid-range nuclear weapons treaty (INF). He signed in 1987 with Russia, accusing Moscow of having violated it.
After finishing a campaign rally in Nevada for the legislative of this November, Trump confirmed it when asked by journalists.
"Russia has violated the agreement, they have been violating it for many years and I do not know why (former) president (Barack) Obama did not negotiate or retire," said the billionaire.
American media had reported that Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, has been pressuring the president to get out of the agreement, arguing that Russia has been violating it by developing a new cruise missile.
Just today, Bolton left for Moscow, where he hopes to meet with senior officials of the Government of Vladimir Putin.
"We are not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and make weapons and we are not allowed to do it (we), we are the ones who have kept the agreement and we have respected the agreement, but unfortunately Russia has not respected it, What we are going to rescind, we are going to withdraw it, "he confirmed.
That decision would be a sharp break with the US nuclear arms control policy, while some media have also reported Bolton's intentions to block the extension of another treaty with Russia, the New Start, which was signed in 2010 and that will expire in 2021.
When asked today to clarify his intentions, the president said that the United States "will have to develop those weapons."
"Unless Russia comes to us and China comes to us and everyone comes to us and says: 'Let's be smart and not develop those weapons,' he said.
"But if Russia is doing it and if China is doing it and we adhere to the agreement, that is unacceptable," he insisted, reiterating that the US will develop the necessary weapons while others are doing it.
On December 8, 1987, the then Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the American, Ronald Reagan, signed in Washington the treaty to eliminate medium and short range nuclear missiles (INF).
It was the first agreement to reduce nuclear arsenals, which led to the elimination in 1991 of all medium and short range ballistic and cruise missiles of both powers, a key step to end the tensions of the Cold War.