Russian Federation in 'material breach' of nuclear arms treaty: NATO statement

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Mr Putin issued a televised statement after receiving a 60-day ultimatum from Washington which says it will begin a six-month process of withdrawal unless the Kremlin comes clean over violations of the 1987 accord.

"Russia scrupulously abides by the provisions of the treaty, and the USA side knows this", she said.

"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".

At the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministerial meeting on December 4, Pompeo said that Washington would abandon the INF in 60 days unless Moscow dismantles the missiles, which he said were a "material breach" of the accord.

The INF treaty was a US-Soviet agreement aimed at reducing the superpowers' nuclear arsenal.

He said Moscow was against scrapping the treaty but said the U.S. had long ago made a decision to pull out and was using allegations of Russia's serial breaches as a pretext.

In turn, NATO foreign ministers agreed to formally declare Russian Federation in "material breach" of the INF treaty in a statement in support of the US.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had reportedly been pushing to have the US withdraw from this treaty.

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The White House denied this, blaming western anger over Russia's attack last weekend on Ukrainian shipping for the cancellation. Trump's administration has made clear it does not want to torpedo the longstanding USA relationship with Riyadh, however.

Zakharova insisted that Russian Federation has always respected the treaty and considers it "one of the key pillars of strategic stability and global security".

Russian Federation has already received official notification from the United States that it intends to walk out of the INF, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Wednesday.

Pompeo said that Russian Federation is in "material breach" of the contract.

Mr Pompeo signalled that, after the 60-day period, Washington would increase its presence in Europe to restore military balance, but declined to give more details.

Klimkin welcomed the political support he received in Brussels, but said: "We shouldn't just stay on the level of declarations, however strong declarations are". Ministers also backed calls for the House to have a direct say in what happens if her deal is rejected next week.

Russian Federation takes center-stage at NATO Tuesday as allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty. "We hope that they'll change course, but there's been absolutely no indication that they'll do so".

Putin said on Wednesday that the US decision to ditch the INF means that USA authorities have decided that the U.S.

In comments on December 5, Peskov accused Washington of "manipulating the facts.to camouflage the true aim of the United States in withdrawing from the treaty".

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