NATO Urges Russia to Uphold Nuclear Deal After U.S. Threatens Exit

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the us will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 60 days after Russian Federation failed to comply with the term's of the pact.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels, Pompeo outlined longstanding U.S. allegations of Russian violations of the cold war-era treaty with the development and deployment of a new ground-launched cruise missile, which he said was part of a wider pattern of lawlessness by the Kremlin.

NATO said Tuesday it is "up to Russia" to save a Cold War nuclear arms reduction treaty that the United States has threatened to leave, accusing Moscow of breaching the agreement. Meanwhile, the U.S. would simply declare itself no longer bound by the treaty in view of Russia's alleged material breach. "It is now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF treaty", foreign ministers from the 29-member alliance said in a joint statement after talks in Brussels.

In response to Russia's alleged violation of INF treaty, United States says it will suspend its obligations under a landmark nuclear treaty in 60 days.

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Accusing Russia of "cheating at its arms control obligations", Pompeo said a six-month notice period for leaving the treaty would start in 60 days.

Mr Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said: "If the Americans ultimately withdraw from that treaty, there is a high risk, although now they deny it, that they will deploy these missiles in Europe".

They called on Russian Federation "to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance".

"It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violation", Pompeo said, adding that: "The United States today declares Russian Federation in material breach of the treaty and we will suspend our obligations unless Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance".

"Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security". "We're hopeful they'll change course, but there's been no indication to date that they have any intention of doing so". If Russia failed to comply, the USA would consider the treaty to be null and void.

"We need to create a coordinated response to the actions of Russia", Klimkin said, adding that he raised "a set of practical steps with a number of proposals" at the meeting as to how NATO, Ukraine and Georgia might do that together. Bolton distributed a memo last week informing government officials to prepare for the immediate withdrawal of the US from the treaty, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel managed to convince Trump to delay that move.

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