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Russian officials: US has put European allies in an extremely dangerous situation by withdrawing from INF Treaty

Russian officials: US has put European allies in an extremely dangerous situation by withdrawing from INF Treaty

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The US’ suspension of its compliance with the INF Treaty means its de facto dismantling, Russian officials say, adding that Moscow is ready for this outcome but American allies may find themselves in a tight corner. By declaring that it has suspended its participation in the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington merely “confirmed its determination to deal a final blow to yet another important pillar of the international arms control system,” said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian Senate’s International Affairs Committee. He was commenting on a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Earlier on Friday, Pompeo announced that the US would suspend its participation in the INF Treaty for six months, accusing Russia of alleged violation and demanding that it destroys one of its missile types, which is still under development. Russia has repeatedly rejected all such accusations and, in turn, has also accused the US of violating the treaty.
Source: Russian officials: US has put European allies in an extremely dangerous situation by withdrawing from INF Treaty

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