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US urges Russia to honour 1987 arms pact, warns of collapse

AP  |  Brussels 

The is urging to prove it's honouring a landmark nuclear arms treaty from the Soviet era or to prepare for the to collapse.

insists it is honouring the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. But NATO fears the 9M729 ground-fired cruise missile system is developing would allow it to launch a nuclear strike in with little or no notice.

to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, said yesterday that "if Russia doesn't come into compliance, they will face the consequence of not having a treaty."

Hutchison warned of "a time-frame" after which the US "will not be able to allow Russia to have the capability that we agreed neither of us would have without getting a deterrent opportunity as well.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 02:30 IST