Moscow had big words for the United States, suggesting that Trump pulling out of an arms control treaty with Russia is 'blackmail.'
If you thought that Russia and the United States were friends, then President Trump's latest move might have soured that relationship. Leaders in Moscow have spoken out against Trump, criticizing the United States for the withdraw from an arms control treaty they had with Russia, and calling it 'blackmail.'
“We condemn the continuing attempts to achieve Russia’s concessions through blackmail, moreover in such an issue that has importance for international security and security in the nuclear weapons sphere [and] for maintaining strategic stability,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, according to Russian news agency TASS, also saying Trump’s move was “a very dangerous step.”
“Unlike our American colleagues, we understand all the seriousness of the issue and its significance for security and strategic stability.”
Trump announced that the United States would no longer be part of a Cold War-era arms treaty because Russia wasn't playing along nicely in regards to their terms of the agreement.
Both U.S. and Russia have pointed fingers at each other, accusing the other of violating parts of the treaty. Said parts particulary mentioned things which are banned, such as land-based mid-range missles. Those were banned back in the day when Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev were calling the shots in 1987.
Politico stated that "European politicians have warned that canceling the treaty could lead to a new arms race on the Continent that would threaten European security."