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

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

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

He told a meeting in Brussels: "In the light of these facts, the United States declares Russian Federation in material breach of the treaty and will suspend our obligations - effective in 60 days - unless Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance".

Vladimir Putin has warned of a new arms race, saying that if the USA starts developing banned intermediate-range missiles, so will Moscow.

DW's correspondent at NATO Teri Schultz said the U.S. had allowed the 60-day concession in response to European concerns over an immediate withdrawal and followed direct intervention by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark missile treaty or Washington could abandon the pact, creating doubts about nuclear security in Europe. "It's urgent that Russian Federation ensures full compliance in a transparent and verifiable way, because the INF treaty is so important for our security, " Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday.

"I hope my Democratic colleagues who have claimed the Trump Administration is not working with NATO to address Russia's violation of the INF Treaty will now begin to work constructively with theAdministration to secure our nation against the threats posed by Russian Federation", she said. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said that his country is suspending its obligations under the agreement.

Putin's remarks to Russian news agencies on Wednesday came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting that Washington will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian "cheating".

"These violations of the INF treaty can not be viewed in isolation from the larger pattern of Russian lawlessness on the world stage", he added. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told foreign defense attaches in Moscow on December 5 that a US withdrawal from the treaty would be a "dangerous step that can negatively affect not only European security, but also strategic stability as a whole".

His comments were echoed by Kremlin Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov who told a briefing for foreign military attaches that Washington was placing the responsibility for violating the INF treaty on Russia's shoulders while the real situation was different.

"Its range makes it a direct menace to Europe", Pompeo said of the missiles, which also are called Novator 9M729, after a meeting with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts.

Until then, Pompeo said, the USA would not "test or produce or deploy any systems" that would breach the treaty. "No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us".

While Pompeo did not announce the end of the pact, its demise seems all but certain. "We're hopeful they'll change course, but there's been no indication to date that they have any intention of doing so".

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