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Russia: U.S. exit from INF treaty would not mean new Cold War

The Kremlin suspended the Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty on February 2
11:28, 4 February 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Moldovan President Igor Dodon at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia January 30, 2019
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The United States’ full withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would not cause a new Cold War. RIA news agency wrote this with the reference to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“I don’t think we’re talking about the development of a Cold War. A new era has begun,”  Lavrov said.

Russia suspended the Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty on February 2 after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations.

Washington has said it will withdraw fully from the INF in six months unless Moscow ends what it considers violations of the 1987 pact.

Related: U.S. to officially state withdrawal from INF Treaty on February 2

As it was reported earlier, Moscow has the right to react to the suspension of the U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, as the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said.

Russia accused the U.S. of making out a false excuse to leave the treaty which they want to leave anyway so that they could develop new missiles. Russia has also declined the U.S. demand to destroy the new missile it's been working on, Novator 9M279.

Related: It's up to Russia to protect INF Treaty integrity, - German foreign minister

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