Russia warns of countermeasures as US to withdraw from nuke treaty

Moscow - The US withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would require Russia to "undertake measures to ensure its security," the Kremlin said on Monday.

 If the US develops such intermediate-range nuclear weapons, then Russia would have to follow suit, to "restore the balance," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.
"Many countries in Asia and other regions are developing systems that could qualify as missiles of short or intermediate range," Peskov said. "Nevertheless Russia and the US have remained two key countries accepting responsibility for global stability and security."
Peskov rejected accusations that Russia could have violated the deal, saying: "Russia has been and remains committed to the provisions of this agreement." Russian President Vladimir Putin "has always said that breaking this deal would harm global security and stability," the spokesman said.


Monday, October 22nd 2018

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