Moscow rejects groundless US claim Russia breaching arms treaty

Moscow rejects groundless US claim Russia breaching arms treaty
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MOSCOW: Moscow has dismissed US claims that Russia is violating a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms, from which Washington is planning to withdraw. 

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday declared Russia in "material breach" of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

She said no proof has been produced to support this American position.

She described the treaty as a cornerstone of global stability and international security.

Earlier, Pompeo said during a meeting with fellow NATO foreign ministers that the US would withdraw from the deal within 60 days if Moscow does not dismantle missiles that Washington say violate it.

NATO said it was now "up to Russia" to save the treaty.

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