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Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with top officials of the Russian Defence Ministry in Sochi Russia

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with top officials of the Russian Defence Ministry in Sochi Russia

Speaking at a briefing of foreign military attaches earlier, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian military, warned of a Russian response and said that it would be the countries that host us intermediate-range missiles that would become immediate targets for Russia.

The US and NATO say Russia's 9M729 system, also known by the designation SSC-8, violates the INF treaty, which banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

Russian Federation takes center-stage at NATO Tuesday as allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty.

NATO leaders on Tuesday accused Russian Federation of failing to abide by the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an agreement U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to withdraw the United States from unless Moscow complies.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after the decision that the United States would suspend its treaty obligations in 60 days over the alleged violations.

She turned to her colleagues on the other side of the aisle and asked for their support. Some European allies suspect that Trump could give notice in coming months that the leaving the treaty. "It is now up to Russian Federation to preserve the INF Treaty".

"Measures were considered to reinforce the armed forces' combat capacity and means amid the mounting arms race related to the US plans to quit the INF Treaty", Shoigu told reporters during a conference.

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Mr Gerasimov said United States plans to leave the arms control treaty could only have a negative impact global strategic stability.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would no longer be bound by the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty unless Moscow withdraws a new system that has threatened to trigger an arms race.

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Mr Pompeo signalled that, after the 60-day period, Washington would increase its presence in Europe to restore military balance, but declined to give more details. "No evidence to support this American position has ever been presented to us".

Over the past five years, the USA has raised its concerns over the SSC-8 at least 30 times with Russian Federation "to the highest levels of leadership", Pompeo said, only to be met with denials, obfuscation and spurious counter-claims.

"They are not going to change course on the basis of a USA threat to withdraw", Kimball said.

Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday that shipping traffic has resumed on the Sea, but a senior U.S. State Department official said that at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "no one would see that as a satisfactory move or the end of the matter".

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