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US and Russia Missile Pact Ends, Now What?

US and Russia Missile Pact Ends, Now What?

In a change of events the few saw coming, the US and NATO say that the Russian SSC-8 missile violates terms of the 1987 missile treaty and the fallout could mean a more hostile relationship between the two nuclear super powers. The US has formally withdrawn from the decades-old (Reagan Era) Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, which banned ground-launched mediam-range missles with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles, according to an article from CNBC News, attributed to David Reid. The treaty goes back to 1987 when the Reagan-era missiles were abundant and the treaty was surely necessary.

But the new relationship among the big 3, the US, China and Russia is far different and each player has a different goal. China is the new center of power, not the Russians or back then, the Soviets. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Russia was solely responsible for the treaty demise.” The US continued to compromise and go to the table but the Russians rejected all attempts for a peaceful solution. Dating back to the mid-2000s, Russia developed and produced many missiles that it flight tested and succeeded in building a new arsenal that changed the battlefield. The US and China will surely respond to the new Russian threat and in the future, participate in a new missile arms race that, at least for now, China leads.

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