Macron Stresses Importance of [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] INF Treaty for EU Security in Call With Trump


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Earlier, reacting to Trump’s statement, Russia called US accusations that it violated the INF Treaty unsubstantiated and warned Washington against unilaterally withdrawing from agreements.

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Macron shakes hands with US President Donald Trump in September 2018 | The White House from Washington, DC | Public Domain

22 October 2018 (Sputnik)* – French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the important role the treaty plays in safeguarding European security and stability during his telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump on Monday [22 October 2018], the French president’s office announced.

“The President of the Republic underlined the importance of this treaty, especially with regards to European security and our strategic stability,” the statement said.

Treaty on the Brink of Collapse

The conversation between the presidents took place shortly after Trump had announced his plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia.

The US president explained that he wanted to abandon the INF Treaty due to alleged Russian violations of the agreement.

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Reacting to this announcement, Moscow, in its turn, has warned Washington against unilaterally withdrawing from agreements and stressed that accusations that Russia had violated the deal were unsubstantiated.

READ MORE: Russian Envoy to US Suggests Putin-Trump Summit May Herald New INF Treaty

The future of the deal may be discussed by the two signatories, as US National Security Adviser John Bolton has arrived in Moscow, President Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov noted on Sunday. According to Peskov, Russia expects the US official to further explain Washington’s stance on the issue.

READ MORE: Kremlin: Russia Expects US Explanation on INF Treaty as Bolton Arrives in Moscow

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and then-US President Ronald Reagan, who agreed to destroy all cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 and 3,400 miles).

*SOURCE: Sputnik. Go to ORIGINAL

Read also:

‘Major Blow’ to Global Stability: Russian Lawmakers React to Trump’s INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] Pullout

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