Inf Treaty: Arms and Treaty

inf treaty: ARMS CONTROL One prominent issue that testifies to their worsening ties in 2019 was the withdrawals of the United States and Russia from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces INF Treaty, one of the cornerstones for the arms control regime between the two military powers, according to Global Times China. After the collapse of the INF Treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty New START remains the last legal instrument that mutually limits the nuclear missile potential of the two countries and provides predictability in the field of arms control. Some chronic rifts grew even deeper this year, and there are no signs for quick reconciliation as the 2020 election is likely to heat up negative sentiment in the United States against Russia. The bilateral New START is due to expire in February 2021, but Washington has yet to respond to Moscow's proposal to extend it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month at his annual press conference. MIDDLE EAST In 2019, Russia delivered two batches of its most advanced S-400 air defense missile systems to Turkey, a member country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in defiance of strong US opposition. Russia is ready to work on new arms control agreements but in the meantime will continue to strengthen its nuclear forces to ensure adequate deterrence, Putin later told a meeting of senior defense officials. ( As reported in the news.

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