PressTV-‘US threat to ditch INF part of plan to contain Russia’

US President Donald Trump’s threat to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia is part of Washington’s grand plan to contain Moscow, says an American academic.

Dennis Etler, a former professor at Cabrillo College in California, said Russia posed a serious challenge to America’s political and economic dominance and this has been a source of concern for US officials.

“The US is not interested in seeking peace with Russia or any other nation that challenges its full spectrum dominance,” he told Press TV. “It only wants to lord over and bully any foreign power that stands on its own two feet and attempts to protect its own vital national interests.”

The Soviet-era treaty bans the two sides from developing land-based missile systems ranging from 310 to 3,400 miles. It also requires both sides to remove all INF systems from Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned in late December that his…

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