NATO on Wednesday urged Russia to comply fully with a Cold War nuclear weapons treaty after US President Donald Trump announced he wanted to pull out of the deal. The message came after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) in Brussels. The NATO allies “urge Russia… to ensure full compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) Treaty without delay,” the transatlantic alliance said in a statement after the talks. “While we stand ready to continue dialogue on this issue with Russia, as an Alliance we are also committed to take effective measures to continue to ensure the safety and security of all Allies,” the statement added Trump sparked concerns earlier this month when he announced he wanted to pull out of the INF treaty, a pillar of Cold War disarmament, in response to Russia’s deployment of a missile system Washington says breaches the accord. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that abandoning the INF agreement could lead to a new arms race, and vowed to respond in kind if the US deployed any new missiles on European soil. Trump’s move is not backed by all NATO members and alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg has insisted there is no… Read full this story
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