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Led by Washington, allies throw down gauntlet before Russia on INF treaty

05 December 2018

The United States has given Russia two months to comply with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty or Washington will formally suspend its obligations under the 1987 agreement.

The prospect of the INF's disintegration would remove what has been a pillar of nuclear stability for the trans-Atlantic community for the last 30 years, demand a hard re-think of NATO's defensive posture, and exert new budgetary pressure on the allies, said officials.

"The United States today declares that it has found Russia in material breach of the treaty and will suspend our obligation as a remedy effective in 60 days unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on 4 December.

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