Russian officials willing to consider U.S. proposals for new nuclear treaty

Trump calls out Russia for violating nuclear treaty

Trump calls out Russia for violating nuclear treaty

The INF Treaty banned land-based nuclear-capable missiles with a range between 300 and 3,200 miles during the Reagan administration when Russian Federation and the United States had populated much of Europe with intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

Speaking at an event hosted by Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and its Institute of Politics and Public Service on Wednesday night, Clinton claimed that the current administration withdrew "without really holding Putin accountable for his cheating on the treaty", Sputnik reported.

While pointing the finger at Russia, US officials have voiced concern that the 1987 treaty does not constrain China, whose rapidly growing military relies on medium-range missiles as a core part of its defense strategy.

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact.

He added that he concludes that the USA was not anticipating any decision as well as all this was an amusement made to coat their domestic conclusion to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"It is vital to conclude that measures for Russia's military containment will be taken and they will be very tough", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated at a news conference, according to TASS.

Putin further emphasized that notwithstanding reciprocal measures, Russian Federation should not and would not be drawn into an arms race.

Russian Federation welcomed an offer by US President Donald Trump to renegotiate a landmark nuclear missile pact after he quit the agreement, while cautioning that it's received no specific proposals yet. The 60 days were up at the beginning of February.

Matviyenko wrote on her blog on the Russian upper house's website that the United States brought the world to the edge, crossing which may bring some irreversible consequences.

The INF Treaty was signed by the Soviet Union and the United States, and envisages the destruction of all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (about 300 to 3,400 miles). Moscow denies violating the treaty.

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