INF Treaty: US pull out is a major blow to global strategic stability, Pushkov

Moscow, Oct 21 (UNI) The US termination from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is a second blow to global strategic stability after its exit from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2001,head of the Russian Federation Council’s temporary commission on informational policy and communication Alexey Pushkov tweeted on Sunday.

”In case of US exit, a powerful blow will be delivered to the whole system of strategic stability in the world. The first blow was US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty in 2001. The US is once again initiating the withdrawal from the treaty,” Pushkov wrote, reported the TASS.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that the US will withdraw from the INF Treaty because Russia is violating the terms of the agreement. 

The INF Treaty was signed between USSR and US on December 8, 1987, which states that all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges, except sea-launched weapons will be banned.