Sunday, October 21, 2018
US to Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty With Russia
UPDATE BELOW: Bolton Stands Tough
Apparently, at the urging of his mad national security adviser, John Bolton, President Trump has pulled the plug on a key nuclear treaty with Russia.
Russia has reacted to the decision by calling it a “crude” and “dangerous” move and threatening responses that could stretch to military actions, reports the Financial Times.
Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, told reporters on Sunday that Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 agreement that helped to end the cold war, were like “blackmail” ahead of US national security adviser John Bolton’s visit to Moscow this week.
“Unlike our American colleagues, we understand all the seriousness of the issue and its significance for security and strategic stability,” Ryabkov said. “If the Americans continue to act as crudely and bluntly . . . and unilaterally withdraw from all sorts of agreement and mechanisms from the Iran deal to the International Postal treaty, then we’ll be reduced to taking action in response, including of a military nature. But we don’t want to go that far.”
Trump explained his decision on Saturday by claiming Russia had been violating the treaty for years, a charge Moscow denies.
“We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Trump said, giving no timeline for withdrawal.
First, Trump adds to sanctions on Russia, and now this.
This is not how you bring peace and civility to the world.
It should be clear by now even to Trump fanboys that Trump stirs up antagonism and hostilities both on the international front and the domestic front.
He is very dangerous and I expect it to get much worse after the mid-term elections are over.
From The Wahington Post:
National security adviser John Bolton rebuffs Russian appeals to remain in key nuclear-arms pact.
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