Russia Demands U.S. Destroy Missile-Defense System In Romania, Military Drones

Trump calls out Russia for violating nuclear treaty

The U.S. has withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying Russian Federation was violating the arms control deal that dates back to the Cold War.

Negotiations must be wrapped up by the end of the year, before the USA enters a new campaign period for the 2020 elections, said Ryabkov.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and begin a six-month withdrawal process.

The INF Treaty, sealed in the waning days of the Soviet Union in 1987, bans ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.

"As we mentioned with the suspension announcement and intent to withdraw, now the Department of Defense will be able to conduct those research and development activities that they hadn't because we'd been complying".

Pompeo's announcement, made almost 60 days after Washington threatened to quit the historic INF Treaty, will start a six-month countdown period, which will lead to a permanent exit from the pact inked in 1987 between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union.

Moscow has vehemently denied the claims, citing a lack of proof, and stressed that the range of these weapons was 480 km, which is in full compliance of the INF. Putin's government has pushed back, saying the US has violated the treaty and not provided any evidence of Russia's alleged infringements. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the ministry's spokesman, said. However, he said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would continue to work with Moscow in an effort to bring it into compliance.

The following day Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow was providing a mirror response.

Russian Federation welcomed an offer by US President Donald Trump to renegotiate a landmark nuclear missile pact after he quit the agreement, while cautioning that it's received no specific proposals yet. "In which case we will outspend and out-innovate all others, by far", Trump added.

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