Russia Threatens 'Retaliation' For U.S. Pullout Of INF Treaty
Rick Moran, PJ Media
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States was withdrawing from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of Russian violations.
The Russians deny they are violating the treaty and are threatening "retaliation" for the U.S. action. Russian President Putin claims that the U.S. is the one violating the deal by allocating money for research into intermediate-range missiles. In fact, such research is allowed under the treaty and Putin is just blowing smoke.
NATO foreign ministers are backing the U.S. move.
"Allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security," the Nato foreign ministers' statement reads.
"We strongly support the finding of the United States that Russia is in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty.
"We call on Russia to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance. It is now up to Russia to preserve the INF Treaty."