Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will start developing missiles if the US leaves the treaty.
US President Donald Trump has warned to leave the pact over Russian actions.
His comments come a day after Nato’s accusation that US will exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) within 60 days as Russia has already broken it.
INF was signed in 1987 between the US and USSR. The treaty banned on the use of all short and medium-range missiles. However, Mr. Putin called the accusation, an excuse for the US to leave the pact.
The Russian leader told in a televised interview that many countries had made armaments forbidden under the INF treaty. He further illustrated the recent scenario: “Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon. What’s our response? It’s simple – in that case, we will also do this.”
Earlier, US President Donald Trump has warned to leave the pact over Russian actions. EU Foreign Affairs Chief, Federica Mogherini reached for talks with Nato foreign ministers. Federica Mogherini requested the two countries to save the treaty to ensure “guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now”.
The Western military alliance blamed Russia for breaking the pact. A statement from Nato foreign ministers stated: “Allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security”.
It further added that the member nations support the US claim about Russia involvement to breach the pact.
Afterward, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia had 60 days to return to the agreement with the treaty otherwise the US would leave its own compliance.
Mr. Pompeo further stated: “During this 60 days we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we’ll see what happens during this 60-day period”. However, Russia has repeatedly repudiated the claims of breaking the Cold War treaty.
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