The US presidential administration is preparing next week to inform Russia about its plans to withdraw from Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) treaty, The New York Times reported.
According to the source, in the coming weeks, Trump is expected to sign off on the decision.
“The national security advisor, John R. Bolton, will warn the Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin, on a trip to Moscow early next week that the United States will leave the treaty,” the source noted.
Earlier, The Guardian reported, that Bolton favors US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, but this decision will still have to be agreed in the cabinet of ministers, while the US Department of State and the Department of Defense were standing against it.
The United States accuses Russia of violating the INF Treaty because of the ground-based 9M729 cruise missile developed by Russia.
Washington and NATO believe that this system is subject to the treaty, Moscow denies this. Russia has also repeatedly accused the United States of violating the agreement, for example, because of US missile defense systems in Romania.