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US President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with "impunity" by deploying banned missiles.

Latvia's foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new worldwide agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russian Federation and the United States.

The mission comes as Paris looks to ensure its long-term nuclear dissuasion program, with Europe increasingly anxious about security as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow.

Taue says the two sides should hold rational dialogue to keep the treaty alive so the world will never go back to the Cold War era. Some analysts worry its demise could fuel a new arms race.

Last Saturday, the Russian Foreign Minister regretted Washington's decision to suspend its obligations with the INF, as a prelude to its definite withdrawal from the treaty, after which the Kremlin also announced the end of its commitments.

In the interest of global stability, sane voices within the American establishment must provide better counsel to Mr Trump and advise him to work with the Russians towards saving the nuclear treaty, instead of pursuing the path of confrontation with Moscow.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement, which was widely expected.

Saturday's formal notification of Russian Federation of the U.S. suspension sets in motion a six-month period during which Russian Federation could save the INF by coming into compliance with it in a manner that satisfies the US.

Military experts were hard-pressed to say what hypersonic missile Russian Federation planned to develop in response to Washington's exit from the INF treaty. Shoigu charged that it was the United States that violated the agreement and Russian Federation will now move forward with its own plans. It all began in March 1976 when the Soviets deployed the SS-20 intermediate range ballistic missile in its European satellite states which could carry three nuclear warheads up to 5,000 kilometres. He also accused the USA of seeking to make "ground-based missiles with a range capability of over 500 kilometers".

The US is hopeful that it can put our relationship with Russian Federation back on better footing, but the onus is on Russian Federation to change course from a pattern of destabilising activity, not just on this issue but on many others as well, Pompeo said. The 60-day deadline expires on Saturday.

The U.S. also announced that it would withdraw from the treaty in six months in accordance with the treaty's terms. Russian officials claimed that the United States assertions about the alleged breach of the pact by Moscow were meant to shift the blame for the pact's demise to Russia.

For Japan, which depends substantially on the USA for its national security, Washington's withdrawal from the treaty is not something it can criticize directly. He also said the range of land-based missile complexes that are now in development will need to be increased, as well.

The steps are being taken as a response to the United States suspending its participation in the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) treaty and aiming to withdraw completely in six months.

"We will respond quid pro quo", Putin said.

Reif said the period between now and August, when the United States withdrawal would take effect, offers a last chance to save the treaty, but he sees little prospect of that happening.


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