Its a tit-for-tat response, said Du Haichuan, a special correspondent of the Global Times in the United States, Lin Ri, a reporter of the Global Times. In response to the Kremlins announcement on the 4th to cease the implementation of the Guidance Treaty, the Russian newspaper commented on this issue on the 5th. The U.S. State Department said it was ready to resume negotiations with Russia conditionally on the treaty issue. Public opinion holds that as the United States and Russia cease to implement the Guidance Treaty one after another, the outside worlds concerns about the new round of arms race are intensifying.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree on Russias suspension of the implementation of the Guidance Treaty on the 4th, according to the Russian News Agency on the 5th. The Kremlin said that Russia would formally suspend the implementation of the Guidance Treaty from the date of signing the Act until the United States no longer violated the Treaty or the Treaty expired. The Russian Foreign Ministry will inform the United States of this decision in the near future. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Luxembourg Speech Daily Thursday that Russias suspension of the implementation of the Guidance Treaty was a response to the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Treaty. Russia believes that any attempt to blackmail nuclear weapons will lead to increased international tension. Moscow hopes for peace and stability in Europe. Of course, Russia is also willing to maintain dialogue with NATO members. Russian parliamentarian Klintsevic said that Russia only stopped, not terminated the Guidance Treaty. If the United States stops violating the treaty, Russia may cancel the suspension.
On February 1 this year, President Trump announced that the United States would suspend its obligations under the Guidance Treaty and withdraw from the Treaty six months later on the grounds that Russia had been violating its provisions. Many media believe that if both the United States and Russia withdraw from the Guided Missile Treaty, the world may once again face the threat of a new arms race, and both countries may deploy medium-range missiles in Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia had threatened that if the United States deployed short-range or medium-range missiles, Russia would be forced to respond by deploying missiles that could strike the entire European continent. Last month, Putin ordered the deployment of a new land-based medium-range missile system in the Russian Far East. The Guardian also said that if the United States and Russia, which control more than 90% of the worlds nuclear warheads, allow the collapse of arms control treaties, it will increase the risk of global nuclear proliferation. In addition to worries about the escalation of the dispute between the United States and Russia, the Financial Times said that American allies such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines were also concerned that Washington might deploy its missile system developed by Washington on their territory and restricted by the Mid-Missile Treaty. Analysts say this will put a heavy strain on Asias already tense security relations.
The United States responded quickly to Russias announcement that it would stop fulfilling the Guidance Treaty. Russias Tass News Agency said Friday that the U.S. State Department representative said the same day that the United States is ready to negotiate conditionally with Russia on the resumption of the Guidance Treaty. Washington remains committed to effective arms control, which contributes to the security of the United States and its allies. The condition for the United States is that arms control must be inspected regularly and unimpeded, not only for treaty parties, but also for their partners. The U.S. State Department also expressed disappointment that Russia did not seem ready to take the necessary steps to preserve the Guidance Treaty.
In this regard, Russian military expert Bonomalinko said that if the two sides really do not want to withdraw from the Guidance Treaty, then they must have talks, whether the implementation of the Treaty can be restored depends on the degree of trust between Russia and the United States. He believes neither country will be interested in an uncontrolled arms race. Dobromerov, director of the Russian Institute of Political Investigation, said that the United States had put forward conditions that Russia simply could not meet. No sovereign country would agree to such conditions, especially unilateral ones. The response of the United States is more to show its attitude to its allies, and portray Russia as an evil country, so that the international community thinks that Russia is the one who undermines the Guidance Treaty.
Russian and U.S. officials said relations between the two countries had fallen to their lowest level since the cold war, according to the Russian Satellite Network. In recent months, Russia and the United States have held several rounds of talks to exchange views on strategic stability and improving bilateral relations.
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