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US withdraws from INF nuclear treaty with Russia 

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Washington, Aug 2 :The U.S. has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a missile reduction agreement signed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement Friday by “blaming Russia for the treaty’s demise”.In February, President Donald Trump set the 2 August deadline for the US to withdraw .

 

The US asserted that Russia’s lack of compliance with the treaty for years has led to the demise of the treaty, the charges Moscow denies.

The US accuse Russia of deploying a number of 9M729 missiles – known to Nato as SSC-8.

“With the full support of our Nato allies, the United States has determined Russia to be in material breach of the treaty, and has subsequently suspended our obligations under the treaty,” he added.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the INF treaty is “formally dead” in a statement carried by state-run Ria Novosti news agency.

The INF was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

It banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km, except sea-launched weapons.

 

 

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