USA announces withdrawal from INF missile treaty

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However, the end of the treaty could also serve Russia's strategic interests, removing any obstacle to Moscow deploying intermediate-range missiles that could reach Europe and China. Robert Menendez, acknowledged Russia was in breach but said the Trump administration lacks both an understanding of arms control treaties and a coherent strategy to face the threat new Russian cruise missiles to us interests and allies.

The ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also stated that Moscow is surprised that the U.S. still questions the transparency of Russia's actions under the INF Treaty, adding that Washington has failed to present any evidence proving alleged Russian violations of the accord, "apart from Tweets".

"Leaving the INF treaty will unleash a new missile competition between the United States and Russian Federation", they said.

The Wall Street Journal on January 31 quoted Western officials as saying Russian Federation has deployed four battalions of the 9M729 cruise missile, up from the three battalions Russian Federation was said to have a few months ago. "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said in October.

Trump also stated that Washington has "fully adhered" to the accord for over 30 years and said that the USA can't be "the only country in the world unilaterally bound by" it. "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to".

"For years, Russian Federation has violated the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty without remorse", Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the pulling out of a treaty with Russian Federation that's been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War.

"For us it is clear that Russian Federation has violated this treaty".

"It is clear to us that Russia has violated this treaty and that's why we need to speak to Russia, " German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference in Berlin on Friday, shortly before the U.S. announced its intention to suspend the treaty.

"The unwillingness of the Americans to listen to any arguments and to hold substantive negotiations with us shows that the decision to break this treaty was taken in Washington a long time ago", Peskov told reporters. He declined to comment on the ramifications of the US withdrawal from the treaty on operations in the region but said most USA allies understand the decision.

He stressed that Russian Federation is against dismantling this treaty but will have to react correspondingly if the United States withdraws from it.

Ryabkov said Moscow would continue working toward an agreement but accused Washington of ignoring Russian complaints about United States missiles and of adopting what he called a destructive position.

"I hope we are able to get everybody in a big and attractive room and do a new treaty which is much better". Tomorrow that time runs out.

Citing the support of NATO over Russian deployment of an offending missile system on the European frontier, Pompeo announced that the USA would officially withdraw from the INF treaty, starting a six-month process that could touch off another arms race.

"The U.S. position remains rather tough and ultimatum-like", Ryabkov said in comments carried by state news agency Tass.

"Withdrawing from treaties takes a step in the wrong direction", Cownie said in a telephone interview.

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