02:21 GMT02 August 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis' position on a possible US exit from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia is similar to President Donald Trump's stance on the matter, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday.

    "Sec. Mattis and the president talk a broad range of issues continuously and their position on this particular issue is aligned," Manning said as quoted by The Hill.

    On Saturday, Trump said Washington would likely leave the INF treaty because of Russia's continuing violations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the withdrawal would force Moscow to take steps to ensure its security.

    Over the weekend, US media reported Mattis was unaware of Trump's decision. Manning underlined the secretary is always in contact with the White House.

    National Security Adviser John Bolton is currently visiting Moscow and discussing the future of the INF treaty with senior Russian officials.

    The INF treaty was signed between the Soviet Union and the United States in December 1987, and required the parties to destroy their ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (from 310 to 3,417 miles). Moscow and Washington have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty.

    READ MORE: Trump's Picking China as Pretext for Quitting INF is 'Utter Nonsense' – Analyst


    Austria Believes US Intention to Pull Out of INF Treaty May Provoke Arms Race
    UK Foreign Office Blames US Plans to Withdraw From INF Treaty on Russia
    Trump's Picking China as Pretext for Quitting INF is 'Utter Nonsense' – Analyst
    Patrushev Meets With Bolton, Discuss INF Treaty Amid US Plans to Exit It
    Professor Warns New 'Nuclear Iron Curtain' May Be Created if INF Treaty Scrapped
    US, Donald Trump, James Mattis, INF treaty, withdrawal
    Community standardsDiscussion