UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send ‘Clear Message’ to Russia

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On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

“Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed,” Williamson pointed out.

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At the same time, he stressed that the UK would like to see “this treaty continue to stand.”

“But it does require two parties to be committed to it and at the moment you have one party that is ignoring it. It is Russia that is in breach and it is Russia that needs to get its house in order,” Williamson said, blaming Moscow for making a “mockery” of the INF Treaty.

His remarks came as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow is alarmed by Trump’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, which he characterized as US “blackmailing attempts.”

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Ryabkov said that the US accusations toward Russia…

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