Published: Sat, December 08, 2018

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

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

Russian Federation has once again warned of retaliatory measures if the United States withdraws from a bilateral Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty.

"I regret that we will now most likely see the end of the INF treaty, but at the same time we don't have any other alternative than to react in the way we do".

In October, President Donald Trump sparked concern globally by declaring the United States would pull out of the deal and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

"What's our response? It's simple. But experts will understand that the presence of such weapons systems a multiple expands capabilities of Russian Federation, it is multiple in the provision of its security", - said the President.

"Allies have concluded that Russian Federation has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security", the Nato foreign ministers' statement read.

Speaking after the release of Nato's statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russian Federation had 60 days to return to compliance with the treaty, after which time the US would suspend its own compliance.

"The INF has guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now", Mogherini said as she arrived for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers.

In Brussels, EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini urged Russian Federation and the United States to save the treaty, warning that Europe did not want to become a battlefield for global powers once again, as it had been during the Cold War.

If Russia does not comply within the 60-day deadline, the USA will begin the six-month process of formally withdrawing from the INF treaty.

The statement said the member nations "strongly support" the United States claim that Russian Federation is in breach of the pact, and called on Moscow to "return urgently to full and verifiable compliance".

The US navy is testing a laser weapons system that could go into service next spring.

In 2014, then US President Barack Obama accused Russian Federation of breaching the INF Treaty after it allegedly tested a ground-launched cruise missile. The Peresvet laser systems received by the troops are stationed near places of permanent deployment, which are fitted out with the infrastructure necessary for combat duty.

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