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US Attempt to 'Bury' INF Treaty Creates New Risks for Europe - Lavrov

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Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 22:01

Putin dismissed Pompeo's statement as a smokescreen, saying Washington had already chose to ditch the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF).

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"They thought we would not notice", the Kremlin chief said, claiming the Pentagon has already earmarked an amount for the development of missiles banned by the treaty.

Speaking after the release of Nato's statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russian Federation had 60 days to return to compliance with the treaty, after which time the US would suspend its own compliance.

The Russian President said: "Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States must also have such a weapon".

Signed in 1987 by the U.S. and USSR, it banned both countries' use of all short and medium-range missiles.

"We are one step ahead our rivals", Putin added without providing any evidence.

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Russian Federation has repeatedly denied breaking the Cold War treaty.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russian Federation to comply with the nuclear treaty.

The nuclear-capable Russian cruise missiles are mobile and hard to detect and can hit cities in Europe with little or no warning, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, dramatically changing the security situation on the continent.

However a comment in the Krasnaya Zvezda report that the laser's entry into service is in the "testing regime", could indicate that the weapon is still not qualified for combat and that it has been handed over to the armed forces to conduct pre-introduction tests.

The US won strong backing for its position from the rest of the NATO allies, who said in a joint statement that it was "now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF treaty".

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, warned that failing to negotiate a solution with Moscow "risks the start of a new missile race in Europe that will undermine European security".

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