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

U.S. signals it will suspend nuclear treaty with Russia after NATO finding

"We either bury our head in the sand or we take common-sense action in response to Russia's flagrant disregard for the express terms of the INF Treaty", Pompeo said December 4, at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Belgium.

The United States delivered Russian Federation a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a 1987 Nuclear Arms Control Treaty, saying it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changed.

"Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines allied security", ministers said in a joint statement, calling it part of broader behaviour "intended to weaken the overall Euro-Atlantic security architecture".

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The United States delivered Russian Federation a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a 1987 nuclear arms control treaty, saying it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changed. The US and Nato have said that tests of a new Russian cruise missile, designated 9M729, violate the treaty. "It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations".

'We can talk a lot about laser weapons and movies were made about them a long time ago and fantastic books have been written, and everyone knows about this, ' Borisov said.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed United States claims Russian Federation is violating a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms, as a senior general lashed out at Washington's attempts to "contain" Moscow.

The INF Treaty is only binding on Russian Federation and the United States, while leaving out countries like China, Iran, and North Korea.

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The US effort to exit the treaty was spearheaded by John Bolton, Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser.

"In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity", Pompeo said.

"No proof has been produced to support this American position", Zakharova said.

It is alleged that Moscow has violated the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty - a historic pact that kept such deadly missiles out of Europe.

Brainard also said he was really disappointed to see Trump cancel his one-on-one with Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires over the weekend because the two leaders could have held productive discussions on issues like the INF Treaty.

He also insisted that the USA had provided "no evidence" that Russian Federation had violated the treaty, despite NATO's determination.

Signed in 1987 by then USA president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, the INF resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals.

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