Trump Says Talks with Putin, Xi Can Halt 'Uncontrollable Arms Race'

Putin Says Russia Might be Willing to Release Ukraine's 3 Ships, 24 Sailors

Russia's violations of the landmark nuclear treaty are also part of a "larger pattern of Russian lawlessness on the world stage", Pompeo added, citing its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, its intervention in Syria in support of the Assad regime, its election interference in the US and other countries, its use of a nerve agent against an ex-spy in the United Kingdom, and most recently its seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors in worldwide waters.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will suspend its obligations under a landmark nuclear treaty in 60 days in response to Russia's alleged violation of the pact. Moscow has returned accusations of non-compliance on the USA, arguing that United States bases in Eastern Europe are not defensive but offensive and could potentially be used to target Russian Federation. The two sides have "serious disagreements" on issues such as strategic stability that require discussion, and while Russian Federation understands that US officials want to meet, it's unclear when, he said.

The NATO allies vow to "uphold, support, and further strengthen arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation., taking into account the prevailing security environment".

The NATO partners on Tuesday also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. "It makes no sense for the United States to remain in a treaty that constrains our ability to respond to Russia's violations".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have helped modernize Ukraine's armed forces and boosted their presence in the Black Sea over the previous year, with more ships deployed in the region and more air policing.

While Stoltenberg said there would now be an intense diplomatic push to try to convince Russian Federation to give up what Pompeo said were "multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles", Washington is set to start to pull out in February, prompting a six-month withdrawal period under the accord, diplomats said. Three NATO allies on the Black Sea - Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey - are also taking individual measures.

Pompeo said Russian Federation had developed "multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles", referring to the land-based, intermediate-range cruise missile which also has the name of Novator 9M729.

Washington alleges Russia's new SSC8 missile system contravenes the Cold War-era treaty, which bans all land-based cruise missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310-3,410 miles).

Klimkin welcomed the political support he received in Brussels, but said: "We shouldn't just stay on the level of declarations, however strong declarations are".

The president said in a tweet that the USA has spent $716 billion this year, an amount he called "Crazy!"

"Measures were considered to reinforce the armed forces' combat capacity and means amid the mounting arms race related to the US plans to quit the INF Treaty", Shoigu told reporters during a conference.

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