On 9 October, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) signed an agreement to participate in the treaty. In December, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine met to discuss the implementation of the October agreement. The treaty allows the contracting parties to withdraw from the treaty in the exercise of their national sovereignty after six months` notice if they have decided that exceptional events related to the purpose of the treaty would jeopardize their highest interests (Article XV). The United States announced its intention to withdraw from the treaty in February 2019 and officially did so in August 2019. After the withdrawal of the United States, Russia declared that the treaty had “no more effect” and that the agreement had been denounced. However, President Trump announced on October 20 that he would “end” the INF treaty in response to Russia`s long-running dispute over non-compliance with the agreement, citing concerns about China`s total arsenal on INF sub-treated missiles. Mr. Trump`s announcement appeared to surprise NATO allies and many expressed concern about the presidential plan. The INF Treaty is seen as an innovative next-generation agreement, which has served as an example for subsequent arms control contracts such as START I and CFE.
It eliminated an entire category of nuclear weapons and for the first time put in place comprehensive verification and data exchange mechanisms, including on-site inspections. The on-site inspection office was created and responsible for the audit tasks of the NSF. The government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics agrees that the documents mentioned in the U.S. government note No. The AMF/148/88 of 28 May 1988 has the same effect as the treaty provisions between the Union of Soviet Republics and the United States of America regarding the elimination of their medium- and short-range missiles, and that this note and the response given to it constitute a similar agreement between the governments of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America. On 26 August 1987, Chancellor Kohl announced that the Federal Republic of Germany would dismantle its 72 Pershing-IA missiles and would not replace them with more modern weapons if the United States and the Soviet Union tore up all their FN missiles, as envisaged in the new treaty. This was a unilateral declaration of the FRG and is not part of the FN treaty, which is a bilateral agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union. U.S. requests for control of medium-range missiles were created following the Soviet SS-20 medium-range missile station in the mid-1970s. The SS-20 qualitatively improved Soviet nuclear forces in the European theatre by offering an alternative with several longer-range explosive devices to the Soviet SS-4 and SS-5 missiles.