Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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The United States warned Russian Federation on Tuesday it will withdraw from a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms if Moscow does not dismantle missiles that Washington says breach it within 60 days.

"I regret that we will now most likely see the end of the INF treaty, but at the same time we don't have any other alternative than to react in the way we do".

"Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon", he said.

In October, President Donald Trump sparked concern globally by declaring the United States would pull out of the deal and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses".

"What's our response? It's simple - in that case we will also do this". "But experts will understand that the presence of such weapons systems a multiple expands capabilities of Russian Federation, it is multiple in the provision of its security", - said the President.

"There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable", he stated.

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On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russian Federation of breaking the treaty.

Until then, Pompeo said, the United States would not "test or produce or deploy any systems" that would breach the treaty.

The latest spike in tensions came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would withdraw from a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms within 60 days if Russian Federation does not dismantle missiles that the US claims breach the deal.

"We strongly support the finding of the United States that Russian Federation is in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied breaking the Cold War treaty.

He reportedly chose not to withdraw from the treaty under pressure from European leaders, who said such a move could restart an arms race. It was replaced by a modified defence system in 2016.

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