Putin threatens arms race if USA dumps nuclear treaty

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

He said that based on us estimates and Russia's reluctance to discuss the missile system with NATO, "the most plausible explanation is that Russian Federation is in violation of the treaty".

NATO leadership should explore Russia's invitation to review proposals to prevent the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US Arms Control Association (ACA) said in a press release. Some European allies suspect that Trump could give notice in coming months that the U.S.is leaving the treaty.

"Russia must return to full and verifiable compliance; Russia's failure to do so will result in the demise of the INF Treaty", Pompeo told reporters.

"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". If Russia failed to comply, the USA would consider the treaty to be null and void.

Britain's chief of the defence staff, General Sir Nick Carter, has also said Russian Federation is in breach of the agreement - telling MPs "we need to call them out" for a deployment of "systems which break the 500km to 5,000km range".

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"The real situation is that since 2000 Russian Federation has been calling on Washington to stop the practice of using target-missiles, simulating ballistic missiles of intermediate and shorter range when testing the anti-ballistic missile system, what is prohibited by the treaty". "At the end of the 60 days, it's going to be a free-for-all. They've been violating it for many years", Trump said. Stoltenberg stressed that Russian Federation still had time to comply but added "we must also start to prepare for a world without the treaty".

"They are not going to change course on the basis of a USA threat to withdraw", Kimball said. "Now Russia is attempting to use Crimea to expand its influence and control of the Sea of Azov", Stoltenberg said. "No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us".

"As military professionals, you should understand that not U.S. territory, but the countries that accommodate USA systems of intermediate-range and short-range missiles will become the targets of Russian responsive measures", Gerasimov told foreign military attaches.

Putin on Wednesday accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact, saying that the USA first made up its mind to walk out of it and only then "started to look for the reasons why they should do it".

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