PRE-WAR HYSTERIA: TRUMP VOWS TO BOOST NUCLEAR FORCES, WITHDRAW FROM INF TREATY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


PRE-WAR HYSTERIA: TRUMP VOWS TO BOOST NUCLEAR FORCES, WITHDRAW FROM INF TREATY

Tensions in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia seem to be ramping up to a potentially pre-war level. The increasingly thought diplomatic rhetoric of both Moscow and Washington as well as hostile US actions against Russia and an active pro-war propaganda campaign within the US military are openly signaling that the sides may posslby soon find themselves on the verge of open regional war.

On October 20, US President Donald Trump declared that the US would be abandoning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty claiming that the decision comes as response to multiple Russian violations of the treaty, which had put a stop to the development of nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500–1,000 and 1,000–5,500 km.

On October 21, reports citing senior White House officials appeared claiming that Washington may also withdraw from another arms treaty with Russia – New START. The deal signed in 2010 reduced the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers by half.

Trump’s announcement gave rise to a strong response from Russia. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated that US withdrawal from the INF Treaty would be a very dangerous step, which would trigger “retaliatory measures, including ones of a military and technological nature”. He described the US stance as “attempts to achieve concessions from Russia through blackmail”.

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