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Russia terminates INF Treaty

This decision gives Moscow a possibility to deploy missiles of medium and short-range and enhance its nuclear power
16:28, 3 July 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). The document was published on the Internet-portal of Russian legal information.

Earlier, the United States’ full withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would not cause a new Cold War.

Related: Liquidation of the INF treaty and Ukraine’s prospects

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

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.

Related: Mourning the INF Treaty

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.

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