UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States is not afraid of an arms race with Russia after withdrawing from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty), President Donald Trump has “good relations with Vladimir Putin,” said White House Deputy Spokeswoman Hogan Gidley.
“It was a Cold War deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out that the responsibility rests with Russia. They had a chance to come and work on this agreement, to allow us to inspect, they did not. NATO supports us, our partners and allies agree that it’s the right decision to exit the deal,” he said on Fox News.
Gidley noted that the US is not worried about the possibility of an arms race. “No,” he said, answering the corresponding question. The White House spokesman added that “the president has good relations with Vladimir Putin.”
On August 2, the INF Treaty expired. At the beginning of this year, Washington announced a unilateral withdrawal from this agreement, accusing Russia of its long-term violation. Moscow rejects all charges. In early July, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to suspend the treaty.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it fully complies with the INF Treaty. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions for Washington regarding the implementation of the treaty by the Americans themselves. According to him, the US allegations of violation of the INF Treaty are unfounded.
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