U.S. gives Russian Federation 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

Leroy Wright
December 5, 2018

In October, President Donald Trump declared the United States would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

"The statements issued today by both Secretary Pompeo and the NATO Foreign Ministers that Russian Federation is in material breach of the INF Treaty are a clear indication that our European allies have joined with us in recognition of how grave the threat from Russian Federation has become", Cheney said in a statement.

"Russia scrupulously abides by the provisions of the treaty, and the USA side knows this", she said.

If Russia is serious about preserving the treaty, the release added, it should discuss U.S. concerns over the 9M729 missile system.

"Allies have emphasised that the situation whereby the United States and other parties fully abide by the Treaty and Russian Federation does not, is not sustainable", they warned.

"The Russian side has repeatedly declared that this is, to say the least, speculation", Zakharova said of the US allegation.

"The United States declares today it has found Russian Federation in material breach of the treaty and will suspend our obligations as a remedy effective in 60 days unless Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance", he said.

The INF was a bilateral treaty between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union, so it puts no restrictions on other major military actors like China.

This video grab provided by RU-RTR Russian television via AP television on Thursday, March 1, 2018, shows the launch of what President Vladimir Putin said is Russia's new nuclear-powered intercontinental cruise missile.

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He said: "Taking into consideration that official representatives of foreign military agencies are in the hall, I would like to send a message to your leadership that if the INF treaty is violated, we won't leave this unanswered".

"During this 60 days, we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we'll see what happens during this 60-day period", Pompeo told journalists in Brussels.

"They are not going to change course on the basis of a US threat to withdraw", Kimball said.

The NATO partners on Tuesday also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

Stoltenberg said that he regretted seeing the INF come to a close.

But it is unclear what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would do beyond the sea patrols and air policing it already does in the region. "No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us".

Valery Gerasimov, said this on Wednesday, Sputnik is reporting.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the USA ultimatum was an "escalation of the situation".

During a conference in the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russia is preparing for an arms race.

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