The United States delivered Russian Federation a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of an arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe.
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President Donald Trump on Monday said he is "certain" he will eventually have talks with his counterparts in China and Russian Federation about putting an end to a "a major and uncontrollable Arms Race".
Although he has repeatedly hailed the deal he made earlier this year to increase spending on what he called a "depleted" military, President Trump on Monday declared on Twitter that US defense spending was too high, calling it "Crazy!"
Speaking to journalists after a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels, Pompeo outlined longstanding U.S. allegations of Russian violations of the cold war-era treaty with the development and deployment of a new ground-launched cruise missile, which he said was part of a wider pattern of lawlessness by the Kremlin.
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gesture as they speak before posing for a family photo during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2018.
Also, according to the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders, China agreed to buy a "very significant" amount of US goods to reduce the trade imbalance. The vessels and the crews were captured.
Interestingly Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a CNBC-TV interview, said the President would be leading the next 90 days' trade talks with China personally; whereas trade advisor and China-basher Peter Navarro, on NPR, claimed that Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would lead them. Three NATO allies on the Black Sea - Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey - are also taking individual measures.
"We either bury our head in the sand or we take common sense action", he said.
At the time, Trump said the increase in spending was to provide the US military with resources "better than any military on earth".
The US has repeatedly claimed that Russian Federation has violated the 30-year-old arms reduction treaty, saying that it has built missiles prohibited under its terms.
Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had reportedly been pushing to have the US withdraw from this treaty.
Stoltenberg said the 29 NATO allies will "collectively develop responses" should the treaty be abandoned, but he declined to say what they might be.