U.S. Has No Ev­i­dence in Breach of Nu­clear Treaty


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rus­sia’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said on Wed­nes­day the United States had yet to pro­vide any ev­i­dence Moscow was in breach of a land­mark arms con­trol treaty, but said it was ready to keep dis­cussing the mat­ter with Wash­ing­ton.

The United States de­liv­ered Rus­sia a 60-day ul­ti­ma­tum on Tues­day to come clean about what Wash­ing­ton says is a vi­o­la­tion of a 1987 nu­clear arms con­trol treaty, say­ing it would be forced to start a six-month process of with­drawal if noth­ing changed.

Maria Zakharova, a spokes­woman for Rus­sia’s for­eign min­istry, told a brief­ing that the U.S. em­bassy in Moscow had handed over a note on Tues­day evening say­ing Wash­ing­ton would quit the In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces (INF) Treaty un­less Rus­sia be­gan com­ply­ing with it.

“These doc­u­ments were re­ceived for fur­ther pro­cess­ing,” said Zakharova. “In them once again there were ground­less al­le­ga­tions about our al­leged vi­o­la­tion of this agree­ment. We have re­peat­edly said that this is con­jec­ture. No proof (of our al­leged vi­o­la­tion) has been pre­sented to us.”

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