US Attempt to 'Bury' INF Treaty Creates New Risks for Europe - Lavrov
08 December, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Myra Gill
"Apparently now American partners believe the situation has changed so much that the United States should also have such weapons".
"There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, SSC-8, they are mobile, they are hard to detect, they are nuclear capable", he stated.
US President Donald Trump has previously said the country would leave the treaty because of Russian actions.
Speaking after the release of Nato's statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russian Federation had 60 days to return to compliance with the treaty, after which time the US would suspend its own compliance.
The NATO chief said the alliance is also preparing a contingency plan in case the Kremlin fails to comply and the USA pulls out of the accord.
"We are one step ahead our rivals", Putin added without providing any evidence.
In Brussels, EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini urged Russian Federation and the United States to save the treaty, warning that Europe did not want to become a battlefield for global powers once again, as it had been during the Cold War.
Russia's General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov added that Russian Federation will retaliate against US allies hosting USA missiles in the case of confrontation - including with the use of new laser technology.
In 2014, then US President Barack Obama accused Russian Federation of breaching the INF Treaty after it allegedly tested a ground-launched cruise missile.
"The United States today declares Russian Federation in material breach of the treaty and we will suspend our obligations as a remedy in 60 days unless Russian Federation returns to full and verifiable compliance", Pompeo said after talks with fellow NATO foreign ministers.
"This was really arms control at its best and therefore it's a really a big setback if this treaty now breaks totally down", he said.
The two Cold War enemies are also at odds over Russian support for Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria's civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine.
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