U.S. to Withdraw From Major Nuclear Arms Treaty - Citing Russian Violations

U.S. Under Secretary Thompson said on Wednesday that the U.S. will start withdrawing from the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty on February 2nd

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are seen during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018
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U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson said on Wednesday that the U.S. will start withdrawing from the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) from February 2nd - claiming the U.S. does not see Russian compliance.

Russia is ready to work to save the INF despite numerous problems and hopes Washington will take a responsible approach to arms control treaties, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

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Washington has threatened to pull out of the 1987 pact, alleging that a new Russian missile violates the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe.

Russia says the missile's range puts it outside the treaty altogether and is not as long as Washington alleges, meaning that it is fully compliant with the INF.