The Heat: US issues ultimatum to Russia on INF treaty

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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.

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