Europe Threatened by US’ Withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia

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The collision between Russia and US President Donald Trump has once again come to life. Russia escalating the diplomatic row has said that it has initiated a “new era” after Trump aides shunned the arms control treaty with Moscow.

The US continuously argued that Moscow violated the terms of the accord by developing a new cruise missile, which Russia said wasn’t true. The decision to withdraw out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty came on Friday, and shell shocked Europe to its core.

The withdrawal implies that Russia can now freely test the cruise missiles, ranging between 500 to 5500km, which were banned under the agreement. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “I don’t think we’re talking about the development of a Cold War.” Further emphasizing that “a new era has begun.”

Back in October, when Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton paid a visit to Russia, he confirmed that the US would eventually pull out of the deal. In the process, he rejected the pleas from Russia and other European nations, which is exactly the case now.

The withdrawal has put the US in a loss-loss situation, but this is not the first time in 2 years that Trump’s administration has made decisions without considering its real impact. With the pact coming to end and no one supervising Russia, the nation is facing threat to lose big numbers with its European allies, and is reportedly lacking any missile to match the Russians.

German parliament and a key figure in the European parliament Manfred Weber also tweeted and said: “The announced suspension of the INF treaty by the United States is an urgent wakeup call for Europe.” He added, “The consequences of scrapping this agreement could put us back decades” and “Russia’s noncompliance is a serious threat to security in Europe.”

Last week, when Trump declared the move he said: “The United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing, which will be completed in six months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.”

He added, “We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.”
The statement clearly showed that Europe’s concern was nowhere in Trump’s mind as he made the decision. From the Paris Agreement to nuclear deal with Iran, the continent has always been sidelined by Trump’s administration.

Instead of keeping check on Russia, the US’ latest decision of abandoning the INF treaty clearly promotes the European opposition to deal with Trump’s poor policy, and sacrifices the continent’s security in the ugliest way possible.

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