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    Russia Could Scrap INF Treaty If US Deploys New Nuclear Bombs to Germany

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    Moscow could drop out of a Soviet-era nuclear treaty with Washington if the United States moves new B61-12 guided nuclear bombs to Germany, the chairman of Russia's upper chamber defense and security committee said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German media reported on Tuesday that the United States would station 20 next-generation nuclear weapons at the Buechel military air base in western Germany, information obtained from a line item included in the 2015 US budget.

    "Should they follow through on this decision, this could prompt Russia to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty," Viktor Ozerov told RIA Novosti.

    The United States and Russia signed the INF Treaty in 1987 to eliminate the threat of nuclear missiles capable of striking targets on the European continent.

    Following German media reports, US Department of Defense spokesman Army Lt. Col. Joe Sowers told Sputnik that Washington believed that its nuclear weapon deployments were fully compliant with US treaty obligations.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern about upgraded US nuclear deployment plans, saying this would also infringe on the 1970 nuclear non-proliferation treaty, ratified by more than 190 states.


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