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Russian Federation responds to United States withdrawal of Cold War arms treaty

09 December 2018

"This is a rude ultimatum, which the USA has given just for one goal: to show the world and its allies that it's not they who ruin this vital global security pillar, but it's Russia", the Russian senator wrote in a social media post, according to state-run Tass news agency.

Pompeo said that despite Moscow's INF violations, "the United States has remained in scrupulous compliance with the treaty". "A simple one - we will also do it".

"We have to remember that no arms control agreement will work if it is only respected by one party", he said. "Russia's reply has been consistent: deny any wrongdoing, demand more information, and issue baseless counter-accusations".

Well, to say "Russia is to blame" is the easiest and the most habitual thing for an ordinary Western person.

NATO has chose to start planning for a post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty world after the organization agreed Russian Federation was in violation of the agreement earlier this week, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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NATO said it was now "up to Russia" to save the treaty. They thought we wouldn't notice this, but this is already in the Pentagon's budget - the creation of these missiles.

He did not give specifics, but he told the attaches that it would be the countries that host USA intermediate-range missiles that would become immediate targets for Russian Federation.

Mr Trump wants to pull the United States out of the 1987 Immediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which he claims has been regularly broken by Moscow and also rendered irrelevant by China's nuclear weapons programme.

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.

"Apparently, our American partners believe that the situation has changed so drastically that the United States should also have such weapons", Putin said in remarks carried by the Interfax news service.

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Russia's new SSC8 missile system is of major concern to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

In October, US President Donald Trump said Washington would pull out of the INF Treaty on account of Russia's alleged breach of the agreement, which Moscow repeatedly denied.

"Measures were looked at for increasing the military capabilities of troops and forces in the conditions of an arms race, connected with the plans of the withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty", Shoigu said, according to Russian-state media.

"These documents were received for further processing", said Zakharova.

Mr Pompeo warned Russia's actions "greatly undermine America's national security and that of our allies".

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"There is complete unanimity that the Russian action was lawless and unacceptable and deterrence must be restored and that is a collective commitment of Europe and the world to deny Russia the capacity to continue to violate basic worldwide law norms", he said. Moscow says it's complying with the deal.

Russian Federation responds to United States withdrawal of Cold War arms treaty