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Putin Threatens to Ramp Up Missile Development If U.S. Scraps Treaty

How should the U.S. respond to Putin's threat?

by Axios | 12.5.18

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that if the U.S. exits a Cold War-era missile treaty and begins developing new intermediate-range missiles, his country will follow suit, per the AP.

The backdrop: President Trump has threatened to withdraw from the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty — which bans land-based nuclear missiles in Europe — because Russia has developed and fielded a banned missile system. All 29 NATO members backed the U.S. accusation yesterday, saying: "It is now up to Russia to preserve the INF Treaty." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would begin withdrawal in 60 days if Russia remains in violation.

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  • Robert
    12/05/2018
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    We should react by getting rid of Putin‘s puppet. The puppet is more threatening to our country then the missiles.

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  • ProudAmerican
    12/05/2018
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    I cannot BELIEVE how many stupid people there are on Countable. I am talking to the drooling idiots below me. The only Nation abiding by the INF Treaty is the United States. We are STILL following the weakling Obama’s Doctrine of wait and see. We can NOT simply ALLOW Russia to build nuclear capable missiles that blatantly violate the very Treaty you rejects are crying about. By threatening to withdraw from the INFT, one of three things is going to happen: A) Russia will simply continue to do what President Obama’s allowed it to do for at least the last eight years, and we will reciprocate by building missiles to defend the US and our Allies; B) Russia will concede and admit that they’ve been building nuclear capable missiles, and we will negotiate an ACTUAL WORKING agreement with them; or C) Russia will admit and concede, AND best case scenario is that we enter the 21st century and, like we should have a decade ago, enter into a nuclear ballistic missile treaty that works with Russia AND China, which must include a strong inspection regime. You liberals and leftists and Trump haters are so uneducated and hateful, I doubt any of you even have a high school diploma.

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  • JamieD
    12/05/2018
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    Hey guys? Let’s not effin do this. Get the treaty fixed. Yesterday. I’m not going to tolerate living in a world where Russia is building nukes.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    12/06/2018
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    He will do whatever he wants whether we have an agreement or not. Putin will say whatever he has to but you can never trust what he says.

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  • Taylor
    12/05/2018
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    Russia broke the INF treaty. 60 days to come back into compliance of the treaty's terms is more than generous. After that, we have an obligation to defend ourselves and our allies. No concessions on this point. Putin is testing the waters to see what our country will do. If we do nothing, then we give him grounds to exercise further violations against mutually-agreed upon terms of international security.

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  • Miles
    12/05/2018
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    And now he has American defense-resistant missile plans that Russia stole thanks to the Clinton-endorsed Skolkovo Russian tech project. Thanks Bill & Hillary! Hope you’re using the $500,000 from the Russians well!

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  • Clint
    12/05/2018
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    Our response should be to replace our president with someone who isn’t compromised and won’t bend over backwards to help this dictator.

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  • Tooluser1
    12/05/2018
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    Like Russia adheres to treaties? Ooh scary, Putin is threatening to do what he was going to do anyway on the down low....

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  • Melvin
    12/05/2018
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    Miles, your blatant accusation of the Clintons would involve the foreign council from the United States Senate. Therefore your right wing insanity is just that. Ask Rush how’s that Oxycontin.

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  • Terry
    12/05/2018
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    Let them. They can’t afford it.

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  • NoHedges
    12/05/2018
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    With all the recent intelligence leaks, Russia is probably already ramping up its missile development. We must stop allowing our national security to undermined on a whim. Trump is not the only Russian asset in our government, more like the icing on the cake.

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  • Richard
    12/06/2018
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    I’m now firmly convinced that this app has attracted EVERY moron lefty liberal trump hating snowflake who must be overusing their medicinal marijuana. You IDIOTS wouldn’t last a day if some terrorist sets off a dirty nuke in a major US city. The EMP would wipeout your precious electronics for weeks if not months. Most, I suspect, will become victims to their fellow liberal who has realized he’s out of pop tarts and will harm if not kill to find food and water. Let alone the snowflakes who won’t be able to play their video games or whine about the important things in their life on Facebook like the color of their belly button lint. All while they’ll be starving to death waiting on all the free stuff Democraps will promise to provide. We need to stay strong so let’s just cancel the treaty and see if Russia and China give a Damn.

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  • Christopher
    12/05/2018
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    Our president is a complete coward. What do you expect?

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  • Christopher
    12/05/2018
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    Russia under sanctions cannot sustain an arms race against the US and its Allies. It’s time to call his bluff.

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  • James
    12/05/2018
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    That’s a little temper tantrum from a little man!

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  • John
    12/05/2018
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    Stop that moron, 45, from starting a new arms race!

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  • Michelle
    12/05/2018
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    Stop this idiot so- called president from dismantling treaties. He is hurting the U.S. and in the process, endangering the globe. The policies, if you can call the runaway insanity that is trump a policymaker, will start a conflict or war that will end us.

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  • Mark
    12/05/2018
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    Putin only understands strength. He is a warlord at heart and former head of the old Soviet KGB. So remember who you’re dealing with. Backing down will only in embolden him. Call his bluff and kick his ass. He won’t go nuclear. He’s not that foolish. Putin doesn’t want to rule over a sheet of molten glass.

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  • Mike
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    Representatives should be paying attention to this vice the damn Mueller probe (witch-hunt) sense they are not finding anything related to the scope. After uranium one illegal deal Hilary Clinton made put the power back into the Russian’s and they are colliding with China not the US. They are watching the Democrats and how socialism is creeping into our government like cancer. They know a implosion or civil war is the next phase and poised to attack us. Yes, you will see a war on US soil unless we fix our government and true watch Russia and China.

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  • doingmypart
    12/05/2018
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    This is another scam attempting to skew the public perception of what’s really happening. What better way to steer the conversation away from Russian collusion then fear mongering the public into backing another nuclear arms race against Russia. This was a coordinated effort between the tRump administration and Putin.

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