At this point in time, it appears as though the United States and Russia have re-entered the nuclear arms race; this is according to reports from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Re-emergence of the Nuclear Arms Race
Both the United States and Russia are faulting each other for their departure from the nuclear arms treaty. The United States maintains that Russia breached the mutual agreement which garnered signatures from President Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev on December 8, 1987.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the following announcement on Friday to explain the United States’ position on this matter:
“[Russia is] in material breach of the treaty obligations not to produce, possess, or flight test a ground launched intermediate range cruise missile system with a range between 500 and 5,000 kilometers.”
However, Russia seems to view the matter differently. They do not appear to believe that their missile systems are in violation of the nuclear arms treaty. As a matter of fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that since “the American partners” have announced the suspension of “their participation” in the nuclear arms treaty, Russia will follow suit. Putin furthermore maintains that Russia will proceed in their creation of missiles, including hypersonic ones.
If Russia fails to do away with the weaponry they’re developing by six month’s time, the United States will officially and formally end the nuclear arms treaty.
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