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Putin Pulls Russia Out of Nuclear Pact That Trump Abandoned

  • Cold War-era treaty banned short- and medium-range missiles
  • Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from INF treaty in February
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir PutinPhotographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin pulled Russia out of a Cold War-era nuclear pact that’s already been abandoned by the U.S., ending more than three decades of agreement on banning short- and medium-range missiles.

Putin signed a law to suspend the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a statement Wednesday on the lower house of parliament’s website. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in February that he’s pulling out of the landmark treaty, which bans deployment of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 kilometers (311 miles) and 5,500 kilometers, after he accused Russia of violating the pact, something Moscow denies.