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    NATO Chief: February Deadline ‘Last Chance’ for Russia to Comply With INF Treaty

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia that it had the last chance of complying with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after the United States threatened to end it.

    "Russia now has a last chance. If Russia does not come back into compliance, well, then we have a big problem because then the INF Treaty is breaking down," Stoltenberg told Germany’s dpa news agency.

    Moscow and Washington have repeatedly blamed each other for violating the 1987 nuclear pact, which banned ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 311 and 3,417 miles.

    US President Donald Trump said in October he wanted to pull the country from the deal but was persuaded by European allies in December to give Russia a 60-day grace period until mid-February to comply.

    Russia has rejected the accusations. It has complained about US weapons in Europe that can fire cruise missiles at ranges that are in breach of the INF. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of refusing to address mutual concerns together.


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