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>> Russia showed a cruise missile system to foreign military attaches and journalists on Wednesday in an attempt to disprove Washington's allegation that it violates an arms treaty. The US says the system isn't compliant with the Cold War era arms control pact, the INF Treaty because of its long range.
And so Washington has threatened to pull out of the 1987 pact. But Russia disagrees. To prove it, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister displayed it as a news briefing which was also broadcast on state TV.>>
> We hope that the objective and technical details presented by us today as well as our position would step up the thinking process in the United States. In order to provide another chance of dialogue to save the INF Treaty.
Something that would allow the US to develop its own new missiles.>>
For our part, we stand ready for such efforts. However, it should be carried out with a necessary consideration of mutual interests and concerns of both sides, and without counterproductive ultimatums. The treaty must be saved, and it is for the American side to choose.>> Russia says Washington has made clear that its decision to leave the pact is final.
The empire sets the stage for Washington to begin pulling out on February 2nd. In a move likely to raise questions about the future of other arms control agreements between the two countries.