UPDATED 10:39 AM PT — Wed. Dec. 5, 2018
Russia’s foreign ministry said it has received word of U.S. withdrawal from the arms treaty. On Wednesday, a spokesperson again denied Russia’s alleged violations of the treaty, which ended the Cold War.
The spokesperson referred to those allegations, which were brought forth by the U.S. and NATO, as “political schemes.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country will begin developing nuclear weapons, which he says the U.S. is already doing.
“What would be our response? Its simple. We will also do it — develop missiles. I remind you that this year the U.S. Congress, before the intention to exit the treaty was announced, has allocated money for research and development of those missiles.” — Vladimir Putin, President – Russia
Putin went on to accuse the U.S. of planning to withdraw from the treaty and simply blame Russia for their decision. He added, Russia will respond accordingly.