The President Donald Trump has taken a decision of removing the United States from yet another international treaty, and many believe that this might be the highest-stakes move in his entire presidency.
On Saturday, October 20, he announced that the United States would pull out from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia that marked an end to the Cold War.
The decision brought in sharp criticism from many, including the Russian officials, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the pact with President Ronald Reagan, and even members of his own party.
Amongst several criticizing this decision of Trump is an American comedian, Stephen Colbert, who addressed Trump’s decision of ending the nuclear arms treaty with Russia a story that “slip through the cracks,”while ending his Monday monologue.
“The deal Trump wants to pull out of is the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev,” Colbert explained. “So, Trump is reopening a 30-year old confrontation. The ’80s are back, baby!”
He also remarked that the President had picked a “strange forum” to announce such a critical decision, that is, a campaign rally in Nevada.
Trump said, “Russia violated the agreement. We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons, and we’re not allowed to.”
Reiterating his intent to withdraw from the from the nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, he said that the Russians have not adhered to the spirit of the agreement — or the agreement itself.
On the other hand,Russia regarded the US accusations that it isn’t complying with a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty as “groundless.” The Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the allegations of the US President through his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Peskov also said that Trump’s decision to pull out from the treaty would “make the world a more dangerous place.”
Besides, on Monday, the Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Non proliferation and Arms Control, Andrei Belousovtold the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that “we are prepared to work together with our U.S. colleagues on the entire set of problems regarding the INF treaty.” He added, “We hope that we will be reciprocated.”
Regarding Trump’s statement on the possible US withdrawal from the INF he said that it “would be another short-sighted and extremely dangerous step by the United States for international peace.”
The European Union also called on the United States and Russia to stick to a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty and ensure that it is “fully and verifiably implemented.”
Besides, the European Union also has warned Donald Trump to assess the potential impact of his decision on the American citizens, as well as the world.
In a statement on Monday, the EU said that the bloc of countries also expects “the United States to consider the consequences of its possible withdrawal from the INF on its own security, on the security of its allies and of the whole world.”
Highlighting the fact that INF had been a crucial cornerstone of Europe’s security structure for more than three decades, the EU said that it has helped in containing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
EU said, “The world doesn’t need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary, would bring even more instability.”
Apart from the European Union and Russia, Trump has also members of his own party, who criticized the decision and regarded it as a “huge mistake.” Many are worried that the decision might come with immediate and potentially existential consequences.
As the INF treaty had contributed in easing the Cold War tensions, many believe that the US withdrawing from it would lead to a severe global unrest.While several are highlighting the many drawbacks, Trumps seems to be quite sure of the decision he has already announced.
Is he setting a political ploy by withdrawing from the INF treaty with Russia right before the mid-term elections? As the Russian meddling in the US elections of 2016 are not unknown, there is a possibility that Trump is playing his cards to win the confidence of the US voters, which seem to be reclining more towards his opposition.
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