Friday, 14 December, 2018

United States gives Russian Federation 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

U.S. signals it will suspend nuclear treaty with Russia after NATO finding US to suspend nuclear pact over alleged violations
Leonard Rios | 06 December, 2018, 06:58

NATO foreign ministers agreed late Tuesday with the United States that Russian Federation is in "material breach" of its obligations under the INF Treaty on nuclear weapons agreed between Washington and Moscow - a decision that could pave the way for an allied response.

Pompeo said Russia's violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty undermine American national security and as such, the U.S. should not be "constrained" by a treaty that hampers its ability to respond.

The treaty, negotiated by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, prevents the US and Russian Federation them from building or deploying nuclear-capable missiles and launch systems with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

But Trump has threatened to pull out based on allegations Russian Federation has violating the INF Treaty - accusations Moscow vehemently denies.

Russian officials warned that Moscow would take retaliatory measures if Washington withdraws from the INF Treaty. "We will definitely try to make our part to make sure that this happens", the European Union official said.

When signed in 1987, the INF treaty was lauded as a major safeguard for global security since they eliminated shorter-range missiles that take just a few minutes to reach their targets.

"Apparently, our American partners believe that the situation has changed so drastically that the USA should also have such weapons", Putin said in remarks carried by the Interfax news service.

"What will be our answer?"

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But on Monday, the USA leader said he wants talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin "to head off a major and uncontrollable Arms Race". Meanwhile, the NATO chief has warned that time is running out for Russian Federation to comply with the missile treaty.

President Donald Trump announced on October 20, that the United States will pull out of the treaty, but no formal notice has been served.

Putin at the time warned that abandoning the treaty and failure to extend another key arms control agreement known as the New START, would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.

But on Monday, the United States leader said he wants talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin "to head off a major and uncontrollable Arms Race". Its simple. We will also do it - develop missiles.

"Russia's actions gravely undermine American national security and that of our allies and partners".

"I regret that we will now most likely see the end of the INF treaty, but at the same time we don't have any other alternative than to react in the way we do".

Pompeo on Tuesday said there was no reason why the USA "should continue to cede this crucial military advantage" to rival powers. The treaty is set to expire in 2021, but Russian Federation has expressed an interest in having it renewed.

US-Russia ties are under deep strain over accusations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

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