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Vladimir Putin has warned of a new arms race, saying that if the U.S. starts developing banned intermediate-range missiles, so will Moscow.

Pompeo said the USA government had raised the issue at least 30 times since 2013 with Moscow but had faced what he said were denials and counter-actions.

Accusing Russia of "cheating at its arms control obligations", Pompeo said a six-month notice period for leaving the treaty would start in 60 days.

In October, US President Donald Trump announced his country's intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty over alleged Russian violations of the agreement.

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gesture as they speak before posing for a family photo during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2018.

"It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations", Pompeo said on Tuesday after meeting with NATO foreign ministers.

"These violations of the INF treaty can not be viewed in isolation from the larger pattern of Russian lawlessness on the world stage", he added.

Zakharova insisted that Russian Federation has always respected the treaty and considers it 'one of the key pillars of strategic stability and global security'.

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday urged Russian Federation and the U.S. to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.

"On Nov. 26, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister [Sergei] Ryabkov said that Russia is 'open to any mutually beneficial proposals that take into account the interests and concerns of both parties, '" the ACA said on Tuesday.

"The Russian side has repeatedly declared that this is, to say the least, speculation", Zakharova said of the US allegation. He said it is necessary to confront Russian Federation, adding that Moscow has been breaching the treaty with its missile tests since the mid-2000s.

Speaking at a briefing of foreign military attaches earlier, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian military, warned of a Russian response and said that it would be the countries that host US intermediate-range missiles that would become immediate targets for Russia.

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".

While Pompeo did not announce the end of the pact, its demise seems all but certain.

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

Putin said on Wednesday that the US decision to ditch the INF means that USA authorities have decided that the U.S.


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