Trump says US to withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi sit inside an Aurus limousine of the presidential motorcade in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Russia

Vladimir Putin takes foreign dignitaries for a spin in his new limousine. But what do we know about the enormous vehicle? Credit SPUTNIK REUTERS

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said Russia's violation of the INF treaty was "untenable" and unless it changed course the United States would respond. It prohibits the United States and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres.

Withdrawing from the INF treaty could have major implications for USA defense policy in Asia and toward its main strategic rival there, China, with which Trump is engaged in a trade war.

In Washington, the USA military cast doubt on Putin's claims, the Reuters news agency reported.

The US insists the Russians have, in breach of the deal, developed a new medium-range missile called the the Novator 9M729 - known to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as the SSC-8.

He added that Russia's nuclear forces are not tailored for a pre-emptive strike, and exist as a second-strike capability meant to deter an attack by a foreign nation.

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Russian Federation would use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack, Vladimir Putin has said. "Russian ties" and said Moscow is ready for that "at any moment".

"They will simply drop dead, won't even have time to repent".

"There are ISIS members remaining in several places", Putin said. He said any attempt by the Trump administration to leave the treaty will spark a fight with Congress. The U.S. State Department later said Moscow had begun deploying the missile. The two leaders may see each other in Paris at a November 11 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. However, the USA has no plans to stop selling weapons to the Kingdom as doing so "would hurt us far more than it would hurt them", Trump said. He thinks Trump wants "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S".

John Bolton leaves Saturday on a trip to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

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