“We either bury our head in the sand or we take common-sense action in response to Russia’s flagrant disregard for the express terms of the INF Treaty.” – Secretary Pompeo
Tuesday, in a meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Secretary Pompeo had called to attention the flagrant violations of international law and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) which was signed between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987. This Treaty was formed to eliminate all nuclear and ballistic missiles, with short to medium ranges, on Europe.
Although the United States has been compliant in this treaty, their Russian counterpart has been developing the SSC-8 cruise missile. These missiles have been tested within range of Europe and poses a direct threat to neighboring nations. The SSC-8 is only one example in a long history of violation of this treaty by Russia which is why the United States has declared, Tuesday, that they are going to pull out of the INF if Russia does not comply with the treaty within 60 days.
Russia, of course, has denied that they have done anything that would be in violation of the treaty. In fact, Russia has claimed that the United States is the one in violation. Wednesday, Vladimir Putin responded to the U.S. threat by in a televised statement. “Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon,” said Putin. “What’s our response? It’s simple – in that case, we’ll also do it.” the Russian President said, bringing out into the open that the Country is willing to continue to develop new missiles, creating a much more unstable international community.