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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:16 PM

Trump administration gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty, or the U.S. will move to withdr

BRUSSELS ó Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Russia is in material breach of a Cold War-era arms control agreement and that the United States would begin the process of leaving the accord in 60 days if Moscow doesnít come into compliance.

The ultimatum, issued at a meeting at alliance headquarters in Brussels, amounts to a softening of the Trump administrationís position after President Trump abruptly announced in October that he had decided to ďterminate the agreement.Ē

The termination plan was set to go into effect Tuesday, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders persuaded the president to delay the move to allow for additional consultations with allies and to try to pressure the Kremlin one last time to comply with the treaty, according to diplomats and officials familiar with the discussions.Merkelís last-ditch effort, which she advanced in a meeting with Trump in Buenos Aires on Saturday, came up against a determined drive by the presidentís national security adviser John Bolton to withdraw from the landmark accord.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, banned nuclear and nonnuclear missiles with ranges from 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or about 310 to 3,400 miles. It has been a pillar of Europeís security architecture for more than three decades, but the Trump administration has said it puts the United States at a military disadvantage against China, which is not bound by the treaty.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/trump-administration-gives-russia-60-days-to-comply-with-inf-treaty-or-the-us-will-move-to-withdraw/2018/12/04/64c5bec2-f74a-11e8-8642-c9718a256cbd_story.html?utm_term=.9d1c2ab080b0

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Reply Trump administration gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty, or the U.S. will move to withdr (Original post)
octoberlib Tuesday OP
redstatebluegirl Tuesday #1
AJT Tuesday #2
pecosbob Tuesday #3
maxrandb Tuesday #4
octoberlib Tuesday #5
pecosbob Tuesday #7
Thomas Hurt Tuesday #6
WeekiWater Tuesday #8

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:18 PM

1. To late!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:27 PM

2. Both Russia and the US(45 and friends)wanted out of the treaty

so that the arms industry could make more money, and both countries could stir up more hyper nationalism.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:49 PM

3. I imagine the Germans would take a few of those Pershing IIs about now

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:52 PM

4. Sounds like the threat of a lover scorned n/t

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:01 PM

5. I keep having visions of Bolton as General Jack Ripper in Dr. Strangelove

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:05 PM

7. Those characters came to mind for me as well...

you ever seen a commie drink water, Mandrake?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:04 PM

6. (put on tinfoil beanie) Putin violates treaty....

Trump threatens to withdraw, Putin gives Trump the finger, Trump withdraws.

Trump renegotiates new deal.......basically new deal same as old deal, but gives up sanctions?

(remove tinfoil beanie)

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:10 PM

8. While the US is abdicating power on the world stage...

I donít think this is bad for Russia.

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