Poland and UK blame Russia for nuclear treaty collapse

August 2, 2019 14:07
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 Poland's foreign ministry said on Friday that Russia bears full responsibility for the collapse of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), after the United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 pact.

"Russia's lack of readiness to return to compliance with the INF did not leave the United States any choice," the foreign ministry said on Twitter.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Russia was to blame after the United States withdrew from the landmark nuclear missile pact (INF) between the two countries, saying the United Kingdom fully supported NATO's response.

"Russia has caused the INF Treaty to collapse by secretly developing and deploying a treaty-violating missile system which can target Europe's capitals," Raab said on Twitter.

"Their contempt for the rules-based international system threatens European security."

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