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    Accusing Moscow of failing to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States is trying to present Russia as a violator of international obligations, the head of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to follow its nuclear obligations, accusing it of failing to comply with the INF.

    “Today, the US side voiced new allegations regarding violations of the INF treaty, refusing, or, more likely, being unable to support these allegations with concrete facts,” Mikhail Ulyanov said Monday.

    The treaty was signed in 1987 by the United States and the Soviet Union and came into force the following year. The agreement bans the manufacture or deployment of nuclear and conventional ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 300-3400 miles.

    According to Ulyanov, it appears that Washington’s goal is to try to discredit Russia and present it as a state that violates international obligations.

    “Accusing others of violating the NPT, the United States forgets that its own track record in this area is far from ideal,” he said.

    Ulyanov is currently taking part in the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York. The conference, held once in five years since 1975, is set to review how the nonproliferation regime is maintained.


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