Putin signs law withdrawing from INF treaty with the United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a bill into law suspending the country’s participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States.

The treaty that was signed way back in 1987 signed by U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that banned both the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying any ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

The move follows Washington’s departure from the decades-old agreement that President Trump said Russia had been “violating for many years.”

Moscow suspended participation in the INF treaty in March after U.S. President Donald Trump’s White House announced it would ditch the agreement for alleged Russian violations of the terms.
The U.S. gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the pact in February, setting the stage for the treaty to terminate in six months unless Moscow returned to compliance. Moscow responded by suspending its own obligations under the treaty.

The Trump administration has said Russia broke the deal by deploying Novator 9M729 land-based cruise missiles

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