Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
French President Macron has expressed concern about his American colleague Trump’s plan to withdraw from the INF nuclear missile treaty. …
Macron pointed out to Trump the importance of the treaty, which bans nuclear missiles for the medium distance. Especially for European security and “our strategic stability”, the treaty concluded after the Cold War by the US and Russia is important, said the French president.
Trump announced Saturday that the United States will produce nuclear missiles again. According to him, Russia is violating the treaty. He did not adstruct that statement …
Germany also responded to Trump’s speech. The government regrets the American decision, says a spokesperson. “NATO partners must consult on this.”
The threat of an arms race comes after the White House announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia because Moscow had violated the Cold War-era agreement. Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev slammed the U.S. decision as “not the work of a great mind.” [HuffPost]
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