Russia will exit INF nuclear pact in six months: Ifax


Russia will exit INF nuclear pact in six months: Ifax
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to the meeting to discuss preparations to mark the anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 12, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

In Summary

  • Russia will exit the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in six months.
  • This is regarded as part of a symmetrical response to the United States’ pullout.
  • Russia had suspended the Cold War-era pact after Washington announced it would withdraw in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the 1987 pact which Moscow denies.

Russia will exit the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in six months as part of a symmetrical response to the United States’ pullout, the Interfax news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin said at the weekend that Russia had suspended the Cold War-era pact after Washington announced it would withdraw in six months unless Moscow ends what it says are violations of the 1987 pact.

Moscow denies it is violating the pact.

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