Thirty-one years ago, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals and ultimately destroyed nearly 2700 missiles.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 was viewed as a pivotal moment in ending the Cold War.
Now, the United States is threatening to withdraw from that treaty, accusing Russia of violating the pact with a cruise missile program.
CGTN’s Julia Chapman reports from Moscow.
To discuss all of this:
- Vladimir Golstein is an associate professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University.
- Pavel Felgenhauer is a Moscow-based defense analyst and columnist for Novaya Gazeta.
- Aurel Braun is a professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto.
- John Sitilides is a geopolitical strategist with Trilogy Advisors here in Washington, DC.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US decision to ditch the #INF treaty means that Washington has decided that the US "has to have these weapons". Russia's response, according to Putin, will be: "We will do the same." https://t.co/Use0g2S2MD pic.twitter.com/ph57iKKOBd
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