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Russia Suspends INF Nuclear Deal with US

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after a similar move by the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, also instructing the Russian government not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington.
Putin added that Russia will abandon a nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so.
The row over the INF treaty is yet another twist in Russia’s worsening relations with the US and the West on the whole.
During a televised meeting with foreign and defense ministers, Putin said, “The American partners have declared that they suspend their participation in the deal, we suspend it as well.”
Putting accused the US of being slow to respond to such moves.
US announced on Friday it will withdraw from the INF treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact.
Putin further said that Russia will start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones.
“During a number of years, we have repeatedly, and constantly raised a question about substantiative talks on the disarmament issue, notably, on all the aspects,” Putin said.
“We see, that in the past the partners have not supported our initiatives.”
During the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also accused US of violating the INF and other arms deals, such as the non-proliferation treaty.
Putin emphasized that Russia will not increase its military budget for the new weapons and it will not deploy its weapons in Europe and other regions unless the United States does so.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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