Putin warns United States on leaving arms treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev during their meeting at the Novo Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow Russia on Dec. 3 2018

He said that based on USA 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".

Washington alleges Russia's new SSC8 missile system contravenes the Cold War-era treaty, which bans all land-based cruise missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310-3,410 miles).

Russian Federation takes center-stage at NATO Tuesday as allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting Tuesday that Washington would suspend its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days due to Russia's alleged "cheating".

"The Trump Administration deserves tremendous credit for working closely with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deliver a strong, united message that the days of turning a blind eye to Russian violations of worldwide agreements are over".

"The United States declares today it has found Russian Federation in material breach of the treaty and will suspend our obligations as a remedy effective in 60 days unless Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance", Pompeo said at a NATO meeting in Belgium.

She turned to her colleagues on the other side of the aisle and asked for their support.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had reportedly been pushing to have the US withdraw from this treaty.

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"Measures were considered to reinforce the armed forces' combat capacity and means amid the mounting arms race related to the US plans to quit the INF Treaty", Shoigu told reporters during a conference.

The INF treaty was a US-Soviet agreement aimed at reducing the superpowers' nuclear arsenal.

NATO foreign ministers said Russian Federation is jeopardizing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by deploying ground-launched missiles that fall within the banned range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) to 5,500 kilometers.

"On Nov. 26, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister [Sergei] Ryabkov said that Russia is 'open to any mutually beneficial proposals that take into account the interests and concerns of both parties, '" the ACA said on Tuesday.

"We need to create a coordinated response to the actions of Russia", Klimkin said, adding that he raised "a set of practical steps with a number of proposals" at the meeting as to how NATO, Ukraine and Georgia might do that together.

Pompeo said there was no reason why the United States "should continue to cede this crucial military advantage" to rival powers. "At the end of the 60 days, it's going to be a free-for-all". "No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us". "We're hopeful they'll change course, but there's been no indication to date that they have any intention of doing so".

Putin said on Wednesday that the U.S. decision to ditch the INF means Washington has decided the United States "has to have these weapons".

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