NATO on Tuesday accused Russia of violating the provisions of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty to rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles.
“Allies have concluded that Russia has developed and deployed a missile system, Novator 9M729, which violates the FNI Treaty and poses a significant threat to Euro-Atlantic security,” say the foreign ministers of the EU’s member states. Atlantic Alliance in a statement issued after a meeting in Brussels.
NATO members say they are backing accusations by the United States, whose President Donald Trump announced in October that he would denounce the treaty concluded by Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Denouncing a “direct threat to Europe,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced after the release that Washington would begin the process of withdrawing the NIF in 60 days if Moscow does not recognize its wrongdoings and not in accordance with the treaty by then. This withdrawal process would take six months.
“It does not make any sense strategically to be the only country to abide by the INF Treaty,” said the US foreign minister, who promised to consult his European allies on the next stages of the stand-off.