Kremlin says USA ultimatum on nuclear treaty is a tactical ploy

U.S. signals it will suspend nuclear treaty with Russia after NATO finding

US to suspend nuclear pact over alleged violations

The treaty dates back to a Cold War-era agreement signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

"It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations, " Pompeo said after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. "A simple one - we will also do it".

"There is no reason the United States should continue to cede this crucial military advantage to revisionist powers like China, " Pompeo said Tuesday. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

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"If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won't leave it without a response", he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to a report by The Moscow Times newspaper. Under the terms of the treaty, neither nation could own any "ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, their launchers and associated support structures and support equipment". "We hope that they'll change course, but there's been absolutely no indication that they'll do so".

One-third to one-half of China's ballistic missile arsenal would violate the INF if Beijing was bound by the treaty, according to a USA assessment.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, told a briefing that the USA embassy in Moscow had handed over a note on Tuesday evening saying Washington would quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty unless Russian Federation began complying with it.

While Mr. Pompeo's announcement left open a 60-day window for talks, the dramatic move set nerves on edge at a gathering of NATO's top diplomats, raising the prospect that new Cold War-style arms race could be about to play out across the continent.

"The United States announced that the Russian Federation had violated the provisions of (the INF Treaty), and will stop performing its obligations under the Treaty, if Russia within 60 days will not return to its full execution", said Pompeo at a press conference of NATO in Brussels.

On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russian Federation of breaking the treaty.

The treaty, negotiated by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, prevents the US and Russian Federation them from building or deploying nuclear-capable missiles and launch systems with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

"It seems that our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the USA has to have this type of weapons", he said in televised remarks.

"During this 60 days we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we'll see what happens during this 60-day period", he said.

If Russia do not demonstrate compliance, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its allies must prepare for a world in which these "dangerous" missiles could be used in a nuclear conflict, he said. Moscow says it's complying with the deal.

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