Putin: Russia would use nuclear arms if under attack

US would face no ‘threats’ if it kept its troops & war machines inside its own borders

Reuters James Mackenzie

Workers World joins those around the world protesting Washington's plans to break the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and increase the danger of a devastating nuclear war. While NATO countries have put more troops in Baltic nations and Poland, and are preparing a huge military exercise in the North Atlantic, there is no agreed-on strategy over what red lines should be set to respond to Russian activity.

"Since the United States has chose to... get rid of all worldwide legal documents in the field of arms control they should tell what they are going to do in this area", Lavrov said in the "Moscow".

"Nobody takes issue with Russia's violation of the treaty, but a withdrawal would make it easy for Moscow to blame us for the end of this landmark agreement", a second diplomat said.

He said it's a "pity" Trump has threatened to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an agreement to prohibit certain land-based nuclear missiles.

Washington has accused Moscow of violating the accord for years.

"The Russian Federation is preparing for war, and the United States of America is preparing for a war". Since then, Washington has been repeating its claims on many occasions, while Moscow has been rejecting them and advancing counter-claims concerning the implementation of the treaty by the USA side.

Trump argued correctly that the arms treaty, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, left China free to build up its own nuclear and conventional missiles of all ranges. The Soviet Union eliminated 1,846 missiles, and the United States, 846. In fiscal year 2018, Congress authorized the financing of a research and development project for a cruise missile launched from the ground by a mobile platform on the road.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov further criticized the United States for trying to influence politics in Russia while blaming it for tampering with the U.S. electoral process. The administration announced that "the United States is considering the deployment of ground-based missiles in Europe", that is, the abandonment of the INF Treaty.

"We have been consistently trying to receive some concrete information on the matter within the framework of all available formats, including the Joint Control Commission, set up to monitor compliance with the treaty", Russia's top diplomat went on.

Gorbachev, unsurprisingly, decried the Trump decision as reckless, asking: "Do they really not understand in Washington what this can lead to?"

'We're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to'.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts", Mattis said.

"We regard this document as one of the most important elements of the modern architecture of global security, which has contributed to and is helping today to reduce tensions on the European continent", he said. Moscow accused Washington of developing missiles, which are tested at a range prohibited by the treaty and deploying missile defense elements, which may be used for launching short- and intermediate-range missiles.

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