If indeed Washington turns its back on the landmark 1987 agreement, the ban on the production of short and intermediate range missiles would be lifted.
US President Donald Trump sent shock waves over the weekend, promising to withdraw from what the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Using the evergreen ‘Russia violated agreements’ argument, he called the accord “unacceptable.”
Then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the deal in 1987 and it went into effect the next year. It is considered a milestone in ending the Cold War arms race between the two superpowers, the USSR and the US.