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    US Considers Military Response to Russia's Alleged INF Violation

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    Washington continues to accuse Moscow of alleged violations of the INF Treaty and mulls over a military response.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is looking at different potential responses to Russia's alleged violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, however, committed to abiding by its obligations, US Department of Defense spokesperson Army Lt. Col. Joe Sowers told Sputnik on Friday.

    "The Administration is considering an array of potential military responses to Russia's ongoing violation of the INF Treaty," Sowers said. "We will abide by our INF Treaty obligations so long as they are in force."

    The United States will discuss potential military response to Russia’s alleged violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with allies, however, it has not made any decisions yet, Joe Sowers told Sputnik.

    "I stress that no decisions have been made at this time, and military options will involve close coordination and discussion with allies moving forward."

    On Thursday, media reports suggested Washington was considering deploying land-based missile systems in Europe capable of threatening Russia’s nuclear potential as a response to an alleged violation of the 1987 INF Treaty by Moscow.

    On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was closely monitoring the development of the situation.

    The United States is suspecting Russian authorities of testing ground-launched cruise missiles with a range that is not allowed by the treaty.

    The INF Treaty bans nuclear and conventional ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,400 miles).

    Russia, in its turn, has reminded of alleged violations of the treaty by Washington by placing missile defense launchers in Poland and Romania, which could potentially be used to deploy Tomahawk cruise missiles.

    A US military official told Sputnik on Friday that any US response to alleged Russian violations of the INF arms control treaty is intended to prevent a Russian military advantage.

    “All the options under consideration are designed to ensure that Russia gains no significant military advantage from their violations,” the official stated.

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