"For too long", Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, Russia has violated the treaty "with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops overseas".
Pompeo first announced the USA intention to withdraw in December, giving Russian Federation a 60-day window to come back into compliance, and that window runs out on Saturday.
He said the US will suspend its obligations under the 1987 INF treaty as of Saturday and pull out in six months if Russian Federation isn't deemed to be in compliance. On January 23, in what some interpreted as a gesture of defiance, Russia's military unveiled a new 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile, or SSC9, as NATO calls it, which the us has said violates the INF treaty. "So, it is not about Russia's guilt of violating this treaty, it is not about China or any other factor of worldwide security". Because of long-standing Russian violations of the treaty, this accord was serving only to limit America's ability to defend ourselves while our adversaries advanced their capabilities.
Trump announced on Friday the US would withdraw - but he left the door open to salvaging the pact. "Without the INF treaty there will be less security, but we need to take under consideration that the INF treaty was violated by the Russian side".
Russian Federation says the missile's range puts it outside the treaty, and has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty that it wants to leave anyway so it can develop new missiles.
"Bolton has the same hostility toward New START historically as he had toward all the other global agreements where he has been the primary assassin", Countryman said.
"Through its actions, the Kremlin bears responsibility for the degradation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty", Menendez said.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to make an announcement on the fate of the treaty at 1300 GMT Friday. The INF Treaty covered deployed and non-deployed ground-based short-range missiles (from 500 to 1,000 kilometers) and intermediate-range missiles (from 1,000 to 5,500 kilometers).
But Europeans also voiced fears over the consequences of the treaty's demise and held out hope for a breakthrough before the United States leaves in 6 months. "We can not be the only country bound by a treaty".
He also questioned the utility of placing ground-based missiles on tiny patches of land in the Pacific when the USA military already has the ability to launch missiles from aircraft, ships, and submarines deployed to the region.
Trump said in a statement that the USA will "move forward" with developing its own military response options to Russia's banned deployment of cruise missiles that could target western Europe.
Some experts believe the collapse of the INF treaty could undermine other arms control agreements and speed an erosion of the global system created to block the spread of nuclear arms.
U.S. officials suggest the six-month window is Russia's last chance to return to compliance.
Kingston Reif, director for disarmament at the Arms Control Association, said Thursday the Trump administration has failed to exhaust diplomatic options to save the treaty.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Moscow, said one of the major problems with a USA withdrawal is that there is no alternative in place and "there doesn't seem to be any work in progress to develop one".