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NATO says 'up to Russia' to save Cold War arms treaty

AFP  |  Brussels 

said Tuesday it is "up to Russia" to save a nuclear arms reduction treaty that the US has threatened to leave, accusing of breaching the agreement.

"We call on to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance. It is now up to to preserve the INF treaty," foreign ministers from the 29-member alliance said in a joint statement after talks in

Western powers say a Russian missile system developed and fielded over the last five years breaches the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

In October, declared the would pull out of the treaty and build up America's nuclear stockpile "until people come to their senses."

But on Monday, the US leader said he wants talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts and "to head off a major and uncontrollable Arms Race."

Trump's chief diplomat was at headquarters for a ministerial meeting on Tuesday and won support for a tough stance from the allies.

"The has remained in full compliance with its obligations under the INF Treaty since it entered into force," the ministers said in their joint statement.

"Allies have emphasised that the situation whereby the and other parties fully abide by the Treaty and does not, is not sustainable," they warned.

"Russia's violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security. This is part of Russia's broader pattern of behaviour that is intended to weaken the overall Euro-Atlantic security architecture.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 00:40 IST