Russia Close to Leaving Arms Treaty 06/18 06:32
Russia has moved closer to suspending its participation in a key nuclear
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has moved closer to suspending its participation in a
key nuclear arms treaty.
The State Duma on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to support President Vladimir
Putin's decree to suspend Russia's obligations under the 1987
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with the United States.
The move comes after the U.S. gave notice of its intention to withdraw from
the INF in February, setting the stage for it to terminate in six months unless
Moscow returns to compliance. Russia has denied any breaches, and accused the
U.S. of violating the pact.
Putin has warned the U.S. against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying
that Russia will retaliate by fielding new fast weapons that will take just as
little time to reach their targets.