Lavrov: U.S. exit from INF Treaty challenges security of Russia and Belarus

Lavrov: U.S. exit from INF Treaty challenges security of Russia and Belarus

The United States' intention to quit the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty creates challenges to Moscow’s and Minsk’s security and requires a proper response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after a joint board meeting of the Russian and Belarussian foreign ministries.

According to him, the sides expressed concern over soaring tension in Europe, which is largely a result of NATO’s soaring military activity near the borders of Russia and Belarus.

In addition, the minister stressed that Washington’s intention to quit the INF Treaty creates challenges to security, which requires a corresponding response by the Union State and by the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

On October 21, U.S. President Donald Trump declared in public the United States’ intention to quit the INF Treaty.

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