NATO Urges Russia to Uphold Nuclear Deal After U.S. Threatens Exit

US delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday

He stressed that the U-S has remained committed to the treaty despite what he called flagrant violations by Moscow.

Stoltenberg said the 29 NATO allies will "collectively develop responses" should the treaty be abandoned, but he declined to say what they might be.

"Allies have emphasised that the situation whereby the United States and other parties fully abide by the Treaty and Russian Federation does not, is not sustainable", they warned.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there would now be an intense diplomatic push to try to convince Russian Federation to give up what Mr Pompeo described as "multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles".

"I hope my Democratic colleagues who have claimed the Trump Administration is not working with NATO to address Russia's violation of the INF Treaty will now begin to work constructively with theAdministration to secure our nation against the threats posed by Russian Federation", she said. The INF brief was issued by ACA Executive Director Daryl Kimball and Disarmament Director Kingston Reif.

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

Pompeo said there was no reason why the U.S. "should continue to cede this crucial military advantage" to rival powers.

Stoltenberg accused Russian Federation of using the Crimean Peninsula as a platform to take control of waters off eastern Ukraine, as allies struggled to find ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing the former Soviet republic.

Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea near the Russia-occupied Crimea on November 25.




The NATO partners on Tuesday also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

"Four years ago, Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea".

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

But as to what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would do beyond the sea patrols and air policing it already does, he said: "There is already a lot of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the Black Sea". Three NATO allies on the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, are also taking individual measures.

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".

Valery Gerasimov, said this on Wednesday, Sputnik is reporting.

"We really felt that the world was moving forward when the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987 agreed", he said.

Putin on Wednesday accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact, saying that the US first made up its mind to walk out of it and only then "started to look for the reasons why they should do it".

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