Russia: US Protests Over INF Treaty Pave Way to End of Start Pact

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

(From Reuters)

Russia believes the United States is ultimately trying to ruin the New START nuclear weapons treaty by moving to exit the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

A senior U.S. official said on Thursday that Russia must scrap its 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missiles and launchers or modify the weapons’ range to return to compliance with the 1987 INF treaty and avert a U.S. pullout from the pact.

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