Putin says if USA starts developing intermediate-range missiles, so will Russian Federation

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Treaty is canceled, then Russian responsive measures will target the countries that accommodate United States intermediate-range and short-range missiles, the Russian army chief said.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization signaled Russian Federation must comply soon with a landmark arms-control agreement or face the deal's demise, papering over internal differences about a USA threat to withdraw from the pact.

If Russia is serious about preserving the treaty, the release added, it should discuss USA concerns over the 9M729 missile system.

NATO has backed up the Trump administration's argument, agreeing that Russian Federation is in violation of the treaty while Washington continues to adhere to it.

The prospect of USA missiles on European soil is a concern for states including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, whose representatives have urged Mr Pompeo to continue with diplomacy in fear of a European arms race.

The United States warned Russian Federation on Tuesday it will withdraw from a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms if Moscow does not dismantle missiles that Washington says breach it within 60 days.

In the case of the INF accord, however, Europe sought to find a last-minute degree of common ground by arguing that any unilateral US withdrawal without giving Russian Federation a final chance to show goodwill would let the Kremlin point the finger at Trump.

Mr Pompeo said Russian Federation poses a "direct menace" to the continent for allegedly developing cruise missiles that can be launched from land carrying nuclear warheads - potentially hitting European cities at short notice. "At the end of the 60 days, it's going to be a free-for-all".

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

Stoltenberg said that he regretted seeing the INF come to a close.

DW's correspondent at NATO Teri Schultz said the USA had allowed the 60-day concession in response to European concerns over an immediate withdrawal and followed direct intervention by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies were providing Ukraine, which is not a member of the group, with "strong" political and practical support including sea patrols and policing.

Klimkin welcomed the political support he received in Brussels, but said: "We shouldn't just stay on the level of declarations, however strong declarations are".

Putin said on Wednesday that the US decision to ditch the INF means that USA authorities have decided that the U.S.

"The INF treaty is of great significance for security in Europe, " government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said in Berlin on Wednesday.