BAGHDAD, US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to withdraw from a short- and medium-range nuclear missile deal with Russia, accusing it of violating the medium-range nuclear weapons treaty for many years.
"Russia has not respected the treaty, so we will end the agreement signed between the two countries in 1987," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.
Moscow, in response to Trump's threat to withdraw from the treaty, said it was "dreaming of a unipolar world".
A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the main motive for the US President to announce the withdrawal from the Treaty on medium and short-range missiles is his dream of a unipolar world.
The agreement that Trump announced his intention to withdraw from, on Saturday, was concluded with Moscow during the Cold War, specifically 31 years ago.
The treaty, which eliminated an entire range of 500 to 5,000 kilometers, put an end to a crisis that erupted in the 1980s over the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20 missiles, which were aimed at Western European capitals.
The deal was signed by former US President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987 as the first and only bilateral treaty.
The treaty, or so it is assumed, forced the parties to withdraw more than 2,600 conventional, short- and medium-range nuclear missiles.
The withdrawal from the agreement does not necessarily mean a nuclear war between the East and the West, but Trump's decision raised fears of a frantic race to develop and produce nuclear weapons in both camps, as well as the allies of Washington and Moscow.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency