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Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal

HeadlineFeb 04, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the U.S. withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by saying Russia, too, was suspending its commitment to the landmark agreement.

President Vladimir Putin: “We will provide a mirror-like response. The American partners have declared that they suspend their participation in the deal; we are suspending it, as well. They have announced that they will engage in research and development programs; we will do the same.”

The Nobel Peace Prize recipient International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons tweeted Friday: “By pulling out of the #INF, the US waves the start flag for a new nuclear arms race & proves there’s no such thing as a responsible nuclear armed state. This is why we need to end all nuclear weapons. States must join the #nuclearban Treaty!”

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