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US withdraws from INF nuclear treaty with Russia

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HELSINKI, July 16, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday, and they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues. (Xinhua/Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

The Americans said they had evidence that Russia had deployed a number of 9M729 missiles – known to Nato as SSC-8. This accusation was then put to Washington’s Nato allies, which all backed the US claim….reports Asian Lite News

HELSINKI, July 16, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday, and they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues. (Xinhua/Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

The US on Friday formally withdrew from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, it was confirmed by American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise,” the BBC quoted Pompeo as saying in a statement.

“With the full support of our Nato allies, the United States has determined Russia to be in material breach of the treaty, and has subsequently suspended our obligations under the treaty,” he added.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the INF treaty is “formally dead” in a statement carried by state-run Ria Novosti news agency.

The INF was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

It banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km, except sea-launched weapons.

Earlier this year the US and Nato accused Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new type of cruise missile, which Moscow has denied, the BBC reported.

The Americans said they had evidence that Russia had deployed a number of 9M729 missiles – known to Nato as SSC-8. This accusation was then put to Washington’s Nato allies, which all backed the US claim.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for the G20 Summit in Argentina from the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Nov. 29, 2018. Donald Trump said on Thursday that considering the unsolved confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, he has decided it would be "best" to cancel his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for the G20 Summit in Argentina from the White House in Washington D.C., the United States.

In February, President Donald Trump set the 2 August deadline for the US to withdraw if Russia didn’t come into compliance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended his country’s own obligations to the treaty shortly afterwards.

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