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    President of Russia Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Fort de Brégançon residence on 19 August 2019.

    Media Learns Macron's Reaction to Putin's Proposed Moratorium on Missiles in Europe

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    In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a proposal to the leaders of several countries, NATO members among them, to introduce a moratorium on deploying short- and intermediate-range missiles banned by the INF Treaty in Europe and other regions.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to consider Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposed moratorium on the deployment of short- and intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Frankfurter Allgemeine reported. Mr Macron has not commented on the report yet.

    According to the daily, on 23 October Macron answered Putin's letter, saying that the proposal should be thoroughly considered on bilateral and multilateral levels. 

    Mr Putin sent a letter to the leaders of several countries, including NATO members, in September, suggesting a moratorium on deploying missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in Europe and other regions. NATO confirmed that it had received the letter but said that it did not find the proposal credible.

    Soviet inspectors and their American escorts stand among several dismantled Pershing II missiles as they view the destruction of other missile components
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    Soviet inspectors and their American escorts stand among several dismantled Pershing II missiles as they view the destruction of other missile components

    Earlier this month, Macron said in an interview with the Economist that NATO was "brain dead" and questioned the alliance's commitment to collective defence. 

    The US formally suspended its obligations under the INF Treaty at the beginning of the year and unilaterally quit it, accusing Russia of not fulfilling its commitments. Russia denied the allegations. The treaty, which banned any ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km, was terminated on 2 August.

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    INF, missiles, NATO, Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron
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