The INF treaty banned all missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,400 miles), a legacy of the end of the Cold War as last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. president Ronald Reagan sought to ease European fears of an arms race that would destroy their cities.
Speaking at an event hosted by Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and its Institute of Politics and Public Service on Wednesday night, Clinton claimed that the current administration withdrew "without really holding Putin accountable for his cheating on the treaty", Sputnik reported.
"It increases the unpredictability, and I believe the danger, that can come from throwing around more missiles and weapons of all kinds, but particularly nuclear ones, within the European theatre".
Pompeo's announcement, made almost 60 days after Washington threatened to quit the historic INF Treaty, will start a six-month countdown period, which will lead to a permanent exit from the pact inked in 1987 between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union.
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On Thursday, Andrea Thompson, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security ultimate converses in Beijing with Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister prior to the lapse of a U.S. 60-day deadline for Moscow to return into consistency with the settlement. Russian Federation has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with multiple warheads, after the US withdrew from the INF Treaty.
He recalled that to save the INF Treaty, Russia has done its utmost to engage the United States in conversation and offering concrete initiatives to find a solution.
Ryabkov said at a press conference that Russian Federation is open to dialogue concerning the INF Treaty if the United States will return to complying with the treaty. Moscow denies violating the treaty.
The INF Treaty, sealed in the waning days of the Soviet Union in 1987, bans ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.