NATO says 'up to Russia' to save Cold War arms treaty - International

Posted December 09, 2018

"The list of Russia's infamous acts is long: Georgia, Ukraine, Syria, election meddling, Skripal and now the Kerch Strait, to name just a few".

In televised comments, the Russian President said Moscow doesn't want to scrap the treaty, but that the U.S. had chose to exit the treaty and was blaming Russia for violations in order for them to serve as a pretext.

"We have nothing to do with this idea", he stressed. Russian Federation dismissed these accusations as "aggressive rhetoric". Fall under its scope deployed and non-deployed missiles are smaller (500 to 1000 km) and medium range (1000 to 5500 km) land-based.

In October, the USA accused Russian Federation of violating the treaty by owning a Novator 9M729 missile. Moscow has refuted the claims pointing out that they are groundless and added that Russian Federation has complaints of its own concerning U.S. compliance with the treaty.

"Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security". "Allies have concluded that Russian Federation has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security", the NATO foreign ministers' statement read.

But as to what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would do beyond the sea patrols and air policing it already does, he said: "There is already a lot of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the Black Sea".

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"While Russia is responsible for the demise of the treaty", Pompeo added, he also appeared to criticize the narrowness of the INF.

In televised comments, the Russian leader said many other countries had developed weapons banned under the INF treaty.

He also suggested a possible ban on Russian ships entering other countries' ports if Moscow continues to block the Sea of Azov and said he would raise the idea with European Union ministers next week. "The decision had been made some time ago, but quietly - they thought we wouldn't notice it".

"It is "simplest" for the United States to say, 'Russia is to blame, '" Putin said. He did not detail what those responses might be.

"Russia has violated the agreement", Trump said in October before a campaign rally in Nevada.

Russia lashed out Wednesday in response to Washington's threat to pull out of a key Cold War weapons treaty, with a top general in Moscow saying Russian forces will target European countries hosting American missiles if the USA follows through on the threat. "Only they can save this treaty", he said. The top USA diplomat added that the action will show the world that the upholding the law and will hold its treaty partners accountable for violations. He said in 60 days, Washington would activate a six-month notice period for leaving the pact.

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"Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States must also have such a weapon", Putin said.

The US effort to exit the treaty was spearheaded by John Bolton, Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser. Democrats on Capitol Hill have urged the administration not to abandon the treaty. "These unsafe breaches of the agreement undermine the Transatlantic security architecture and constrain regional progress toward stability".

The United States remains in compliance with the treaty, according to the Department of State. "But if this happens, we will react accordingly".

On Monday, prior to Pompeo's announcement, Sens.

Buzhinskiy said: "We started to work on this system after the U.S. withdrew from an ABM treaty".

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