Russia Says It May Be Forced To Deploy INF In Europe

Russia Says It May Be Forced To Deploy INF In Europe

Andrew H. Sweet

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's RIA news agency in an interview on Monday that Moscow would have to take the step if NATO refused to prevent such an escalation.

A 1987 treaty between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan banned Intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) in Europe, which eased Cold War tensions. Washington quit the pact in 2019 after complaining for years of alleged Russian violations.

NATO says there will be no new U.S. missiles in Europe, and it is ready to deter new Russian missiles with a "measured" response that would only involve conventional weapons.

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