US President Donald Trump’s decision to ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons agreement with Russia could lead to the collapse of the current non-proliferation mechanism, Russia has warned.
Trump said Saturday that he was planning to abandon the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a key arms control treaty that has been in place since 1986, over claims that Moscow violated it.
The decision drew criticism from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the original document with Ronald Reagan, his American counterpart at the time.
Condemning the move as a “mistake,” Gorbachev said it demonstrated Trump’s “lack of wisdom.”
“Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements. … Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?” Gorbachev was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Interfax on Sunday. “Quitting the INF is a mistake.”
Gorbachev said Trump was undermining…