Consequences of Leaving Nuclear Arms Treaty

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    The Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate – Range and Shorter -Range Missiles, commonly referred to as the INF (Intermediate – Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, requires destruction of the Parties’ ground launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5500 kilometers, their launchers and associated support structures and support equipment within three years after the Treaty enters into force.

    The Treaty the United States and the Soviet Union signed at Washington on December 8.

    The bilateral treaty between Washington and Moscow banned all land based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range between 500 and 5500 kilometers.

    The treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva more than three decades ago as the leaders declared that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

    Eliminating the class of missiles was a significant step towards meaningful nuclear arms control at the time. But relations between the US and Russia have deteriorated in recent years.

    The United States has issued a pointed ultimatum to Russia, in a move that could undermine the nuclear security of Europe.

    The US said it would give Russia 60 days to start……Subscribe to Readmore………

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