Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union built up their intermediate-range nuclear arsenals in Western and Eastern Europe respectively, until the whole landmass bristled with projectiles capable of obliterating entire cities. He added that the USA has "more money than anybody else by far, we'll build it up until they come to their senses". "Until they come to their senses".
That would add to the military options available to the U.S. - which can already carry out precise strikes globally - in the event of a conflict between America and China, they added.
Andrei Belousov, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that Russian Federation is "especially concerned" at the Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review.
In explaining his decision, Trump told reporters in Washington that Russian Federation had "not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself".
Asked if that was a threat to Putin, Trump said: "It's a threat to whoever you want". "And it includes anybody else who wants to play that game". You can't do that. "You can't play that game on me".
China was not a party to the original agreement, and Trump argued that it should be included in the treaty.
"In the end, this is about not extending the New START Treaty", she says.
That threat is now being revived between the U.S. and Russian Federation with charges and counter-charges, provoking new expressions of alarm in Europe. "This action is completely unreasonable".
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"On the contrary ... we have provided evidence that it was the United States which has been eroding the foundations and main provisions of this treaty", Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump on Sunday.
The agreement - signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1987 - is meant to prohibit the countries from possessing, producing or testing any ground-launched cruise missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles. Exiting the accord would free the U.S.to deploy new weapons in the Indo-Pacific to respond to China's attempt to erode its post-World War II dominance. Those states, he said, include China and North Korea.
American officials also say it puts the USA at a disadvantage to China, which is not a signatory. Republicans joined Democrats in saying the USA leader appeared weak at a time he should have projected strength against an adversary. Russian Federation has questioned USA compliance.
"US-China relations have hit a level of tension that is engulfing every aspect of the bilateral relationship", Ryan Hass, a former US National Security Council (NSC) China director and expert at the Brooking Institution in Washington, told DW.
Trump made similar remarks late on October 22, saying his decision to withdraw from the INF - which prohibits the United States and Russian Federation from possessing, producing, or deploying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers - was driven by Moscow's alleged violations and a need to respond to China's nuclear buildup.
He also pointed at China's massive intermediate-range capability as another key concern.
The "first island chain" is a string of archipelagos stretching from Japan, past Taiwan to the Philippines - all US security partners. Guam hosts a major US naval base for the Pacific Ocean. Hutchison told a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels that if Moscow continued its development and alleged deployment of the missile that Washington claims violates the INF treaty, the Pentagon was prepared to "take out" the missile.
As the name suggests, an intermediate-range nuclear missile is one that goes a medium distance.