Washington Assessing Security Consequences of Russia's INF Treaty Violation

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezThe State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
The State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 - Sputnik International
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The administration of US President Donald Trump is analyzing information regarding alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) to assess potential consequences for security of the United States and its allies, Mark Toner, the acting spokesman of the US State Department, said Thursday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to Toner, Russia is "in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles."

"We have made very clear our concerns about Russia’s violation, the risks it poses to European and Asian security, and our strong interest in Russia returning to compliance with the Treaty. The Administration is undertaking an extensive review of Russia’s ongoing INF Treaty violation in order to assess the potential security implications for the United States and its allies and partners," Toner said, as quoted by the US embassy in Russia.

Earlier in the week, The New York Times newspaper reported that Russia had secretly deployed a ground-based cruise missile in violation of the 1987 INF Treaty.

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