MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Putin said at his annual press conference that the prerequisites for a new arms race were created, as the United States withdrew from the ABM treaty. He added that Russia "has to respond to this challenge."
"The Russian president has given a signal to Washington that Russia has a negative attitude to this situation, Vladimir Putin drew attention of Trump that the US withdrawal from the ABM creates instability in the world," Pushkov told RIA Novosti.
On December 13, 2002, then US President George W. Bush announced that Washington would unilaterally withdraw from the ABM Treaty with the USSR. The treaty, signed in 1972, barred the parties from deploying anti-ballistic missile systems that could cover the entire territory of their countries, or providing a base for such broad-range defense.