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US to withdraw from arms control treaty with Russia on Friday

US to withdraw from arms control treaty with Russia on Friday

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to announce that the U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia on Friday, CNN reports.
Two US officials and multiple diplomatic sources familiar with the matter told CNN Thursday that Pompeo would pull out of the arms treaty that the Trump administration accuse Moscow of violating since 2014.
The European Union has also accused Russia of violating the treaty.
This reported move from Pompeo follows him saying on December 4 that the U.S. would leave the INF in 60 days if Russia continued to violate it.
President Trump signaled earlier in the fall that he would pursue withdrawal.
The INF, signed in 1987 between former President Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, has been a landmark agreement in the effort to curb arms accumulation.
It bans the creation and maintenance of nuclear and conventional ground-launch ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 300 and 3,400 miles.
Pompeo’s announcement would start a 180 day timeline for departure, which could be stopped if Russia stops the alleged treaty violations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in December 2018 that if the U.S. leaves the treaty and begins to construct weapons, the Kremlin will also begin production.
A State Department spokesperson told The Hill that they did not have anything to announce.