Trump Leaning Against Extending Arms Treaty

President Trump And President Putin Hold A Joint Press Conference After Summit

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Moscow’s new weapons violate New START, INF treaties, undermine arms control

Trump administration officials expressed doubts the 2010 New START arms treaty will be extended over concerns about Moscow’s failure to comply with that and several other arms treaties.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, is moving ahead with designing a new ground-based missile to counter Russia’s illegal cruise missiles built in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty. Continue reading

Pentagon: Russian Military Policy ‘Actively Considers’ Limited Use of Nukes

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Defense official says U.S. Nuclear Posture Review reflects current threat environment

The Trump administration’s new nuclear policy aims to counter an evolving Russian military strategy that appears to more readily envisage the limited use of nuclear weapons, a senior defense official said Monday.

“We have been extremely concerned with what we have seen as the evolution of Russian military policy as it relates to potential use of nuclear weapons,” David Trachtenberg, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said at the Heritage Foundation on Monday. Continue reading