Pierre-Emmanuel Thomann used an interview with Russian state media to stage the intervention. Mr Thomann is a geopolitics analyst from Paris 8 University. The academic contended Saturday’s events were the exact outcome Washington wanted, which already decided “beforehand to get out of the treaty” regardless of concessions.
Mr Thomann told RT: “The US already destabilised the nuclear balance when they decided to get out of the ABM treaty in 2002.
“And when you look at a map the United States are putting missile defence bases all around Eurasia, creating a feeling of encirclement in Russia and China.
“Their ideology is to put sovereignty above international law, and they want to have a total free hand to keep their supremacy in the world as long as possible, and these treaties are constraining them.”
“Either, an arms race is starting, or the objective of the United States is to first have the capability to show that they are the most powerful nation in this area, and then force the other parties to the negotiating table.”
Mr Thomann continued to suggest the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the historic accord was partly due to feeling “threatened by China”.
UK-based Russia analyst Martin McCauley agreed the treaty withdrawal should be viewed in a wider global context.
He said: “The Americans are more concerned about China than Russia.
“They feel the INF treaty is out of date, and they want a new one – and Trump talks about it – that includes Beijing.”
Meanwhile Liu Baocheng, a Beijing-based analyst, suggested dismantling the post-Cold War diplomatic architecture responsible for the most peaceful period in international politics was “very disappointing” and an unnecessary risk.
He said: “The world has worked very hard to heal the scars of the Cold War.
“Now, the hard-earned peace is really at stake.
“China also has to defend its national security, and would urge the world community to watch very closely what is happening.”
And Annie Machon, former MI5 officer and security expert, said it was another step in the “exponential expansion of NATO”.
She said: “It’s been quite an aggressive pattern for the past 30 years, much of the expansion right on the border of a country that wants to assert its sovereign power.
“The INF treaty was put there in the first place to stop there being a nuclear strike with very little warning time.
“And that was a step forward at the time – that it is being torn up now is very worrying.”
Trump announced his withdrawal from the INF treaty on Friday in a move which threatened to undermine peace and stability between Russia and the US.
The President said the nuclear weapons accord, struck between the US and the Soviet Union in 1987, had been violated by Moscow because of the development of a new missile.
But Moscow maintains it is not in breach of the treaty.