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The US and NATO give Russia 60 days to fulfill the atomic pact



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By Abigail Williams

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1; Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo accused Russia on Tuesday of injuring an important Cold War nuclear pact and said the US would suspend its obligations the contract in the next 60 days, unless Russia returns to compliance.

"Either we bury our heads in the sand or we take reasonable action to respond to blatantly disregard for Russia's explicit provisions of the INF Treaty". Pompeo said at a news conference at NATO headquarters.

The Interstate Nuclear Power Treaty was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Pompeo accused Russia of defrauding the arms control agreement on a long list of alleged Russian violations around the world, including Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, as well as on election coups and the assassination of former spy Sergei Skripal with a nervous agent in the UK and the recent incident in which Russian warships fired at Ukrainian naval vessels in Kerch Strait.

The move brings the US one step closer to the threats of retreating from the Cold War era, which prevents US and Russian possession of any land-based cruise missile that has a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers – 310 to 3,410 Miles – can reach. The agreement was primarily intended to keep ground-based nuclear weapons out of Europe.

The NATO foreign ministers fully supported the US findings, for the first time that all 29 member states found Russia in a "material violation" against the US arms control pact.

"We urge Russia to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance," the statement said after Tuesday's session. "It is now up to Russia to uphold the INF Treaty."


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