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    The United States is eager to advance discussions with Russia in 2016 and begin a new phase to resolve the issues around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The 1987 INF treaty banned nuclear and conventional ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.

    "We have been glad that in recent months Russia, including at a very high level, has continued to express its strong commitment to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty," Gottemoeller stated. "We are quite keen to advance our diplomatic efforts to resolve this issue and hope that 2016 will spell a new phase in our efforts to do so."

    In December, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow believed the United States violated the bilateral arms control deal when it installed Mk 41 vertical launching systems in Eastern Europe.

    This came in response to continued US accusations that Moscow is not fulfilling its INF treaty obligations. Washington alleges that Moscow tested a ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the INF treaty.


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