Russia denies violating the agreement and has raised its own concerns about Washington`s compliance. Moscow has accused the United States of placing a missile defense system in Europe that could also be used to launch cruise missiles, using targets for missile tests with characteristics similar to those of the FCI Treaty, and manufacturing armed drones equivalent to ground-mounted cruise missiles. On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intention to “denounce” the deal citing Russia`s non-compliance and concerns about Chinese missiles, and on December 4, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Russia a “material violation” of the treaty. The Trump administration officially informed the other states parties in February. 2, both that it suspends its treaty obligations and would withdraw from the agreement in six months, in accordance with the terms of the treaty, and that it would “terminate” the agreement, unless Russia returns to compliance by eliminating its 9M729 missiles on the ground. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between the United States and the Soviet Union in the late 1960s/1970s resulted in further arms control agreements. In 1972, the Salt-I Talks culminated in the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and an Interim Agreement on Strategic Arms Limitation (see SALT I). The SALT II talks began in 1972 and culminated in an agreement in 1979. Due to the Soviet Union`s invasion of Afghanistan, the United States never ratified the treaty, but the agreement was respected by both sides. .