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Mattis says he is in close contact with European allies on the INF Treaty



US. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks on the second day of the 14th Manama Dialogue, Manama Security Summit, Bahrain, October 27, 2018. REUTERS / Hamad l Mohammed

MANAMA (Reuters) – US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the United Nations States were in close contact with allies in Europe over the INF Treaty and its impact on the region.

"We are working closely with our European allies … and we will continue to work very closely with the Treaty and its implications for European security," Mattis said in a speech in Bahrain.

"At some point we have to face reality, that does not mean we are moving away from arms control. But arms control must be more than words on a paper, it has to be action, "Mattis added.

US. President Donald Trump said on 20 October that Washington plans to exit the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) contract signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, and Ronald Reagan in 1

987.

The pact eliminated all short-circuits and short-circuits Land-based nuclear and conventional missiles of both countries in Europe.

Washington has headed Russia's alleged infringement of the contract as a reason for leaving the contract, which Moscow denies. Russia in turn accuses Washington of breaking the pact.

Gorbachev condemned the US decision to leave the INF that ended the Cold War and said it would usher in a new arms race that increased the risk of nuclear conflict.

coverage by Idrees Ali; Editing by Michael Perry

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