Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty

Vladimir Putin

Russia has suspended the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin announced on Saturday, after the United States said it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations, Reuters reported.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the US is suspending the INF treaty in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the 1987 pact.

As cited by TASS, Russian President said his country will come up with a “tit-for-tat response”. American partners have announced suspension of their participation in the treaty, and we will suspend, he said at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday.

Putin said Russia will start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones, and told ministers not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington, accusing the United States of being slow to respond to such moves.

We have repeatedly, during a number of years, and constantly raised a question about substantiative talks on the disarmament issue, Putin said adding “We see that in the past few years the partners have not supported our initiatives.”

Let us wait and see our partners become mature enough to conduct an equitable and meaningful dialog with us on that crucial issue - both for us, for our partners, and for the whole world, Russian President also stressed.

The tensions over the treaty has drawn a strong reaction from Europe and China.

 

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