OCTOBER 21, 2018
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said he thinks the Donald Trump is making a “mistake” by leaving its nuclear treaty with Russia.
Mr. Gorbachev was one of the original signatories to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed originally in 1987 with then-US President Ronald Reagan.
“Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements. … Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?,” Mr Gorbachev said to Interfax news agency.
Mr. Trump had announced the move after a political rally in the US state of Nevada just a few weeks before the 2018 midterm elections.
“Russia has not, unfortunately, honoured the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” he told journalists.
He did not elaborate on what exactly Moscow had done to prompt the decision.
A Kremlin spokesman said Russian President Vladimir Putin would seek answers about the planned withdrawal when he meets US National Security Advisor John Bolton who is scheduled to travel to Moscow this week.