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U.S. says Russia responsible for INF treaty termination

U.S. abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
19:35, 2 August 2019

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Russian President Vladimir Putin
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The United States placed responsibility for the termination of the INF treaty signed in 1987 on Russia. This was stated by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his Twitter page.

According to Pompeo, on February 2, 2019, the United States gave Russia six months to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russia has refused, so the treaty ended as of August 2.   

“On February 2nd, 2019 the U.S. gave Russia six months to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russia refused, so the treaty ends today. The U.S. will not remain party to a treaty when others violate it. Russia bears sole responsibility,” he wrote.

As it was reported earlier, the U.S. abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on August 2

Related: EU calls on Russia to preserve INF Treaty

"Russia would like to do something on a nuclear treaty and that’s OK with me. They would like to do something and so would I," the U.S. leader Donald Trump said.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed on December 8, 1987, by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

If the agreement is broken, both Moscow and Washington will again have the opportunity to deploy such weapons, build up nuclear potential and frighten the whole world with its use. Donald Trump on October 21, 2018, announced his intention to withdraw from the treaty, which was signed 30 years ago. After some time, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that on February 2, the United States would suspend participation in the INF Treaty with Russia. Putin signed a decree suspending the participation of the Russian Federation in the INF Treaty on March 4.

Related: NATO prepares to enhancement of defence if Russia refuses to fulfill INF Treaty, - Stoltenberg

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