RUSSIA has warned the US of retaliation if President Donald Trump withdraws from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty and claimed the exit would mean “mankind facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere”.
He was quoted as telling Interfax news agency: "Washington’s desire to turn back politics cannot be supported.
“Not only Russia, but also all who cherish the world, especially a world without nuclear weapons, must declare this.”
Russian senator Alexei Pushkov also hit out at the US, writing on twitter that the move would “not make America great again but make America more vulnerable again”.
He added: "In this area, the United States will not be able to gain decisive superiority — it is a dangerous illusion. It would be better to change Trump's mind."
The UK has instead sided with Trump and British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said that Russia was in breach of the INF and “needed to get its house in order”.
Mr Williamson told the Financial Times: “Our close and long-term ally of course is the United States and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the treaty obligation that it signed.”