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Pompeo announces US will withdraw from INF treaty – Russia threatens retaliation

Pompeo announces US will withdraw from INF treaty – Russia threatens retaliation

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Update: As we previewed below, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty immediately, prompting threats of a Russian “response” from Moscow. According to RT, Pompeo said the US could return to compliance with the treaty if Moscow meets Washington’s demands within the next 180 days. To convince the US to back down, Washington has insisted that Russia cease development of a new cruise missile. Moscow has repeatedly denied claims that it’s in violation of the treaty. The withdrawal, which has been expected for months, will formally take place on Saturday. Trump said the US’s NATO allies support the decision to withdraw from the treaty, which has been a cornerstone of European security for years. The US has also expressed concerns that its compliance with the treaty has benefited China, which isn’t a party to the agreement. * * *
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