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The plan[]

It was part of the 1980s wind down of the Cold War and the attempt to end Europe's tragic post-1970s role as a major wood-be atomic war zone.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty  (The INF Treaty), (INF Treaty, formally Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles; Russian: Договор о ликвидации ракет средней и меньшей дальности / ДРСМД, Dogovor o likvidatsiy raket sredney i menshey dalnosti / DRSMD) was an arms control treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union (and its successor state, the Russian Federation).

The rules[]

The INF Treaty banned all of the two nations' land-based ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and missile launchers with ranges of 500–1,000 kilometers (310–620 mi), (short medium-range) and 1,000–5,500 km (620–3,420 mi) (intermediate-range). The treaty did not apply to air- or sea-launched missiles. By May 1991, the nations had eliminated 2,692 missiles, followed by 10 years of on-site verification inspections. It banned all types of missiles with ranges between 500 kilometers (310 miles) and 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles).

Joining dates[]

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev signed the treaty on 8 December 1987. The United States Senate approved the treaty on 27 May 1988, and Reagan and Gorbachev ratified it on 1 June 1988.

Exit dates[]

Amidst continuing growth of China's missile forces, US President Donald Trump announced on 20 October 2018 that he was withdrawing the US from the treaty, falsely accusing Russia of non-compliance. The US formally suspended the treaty on 1 February 2019, and a fed up Russia did so on the following day in response. The US formally withdrew from the treaty on 2 August 2019.


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