After meeting Russians, NATO chief says ‘no real progress’ on nuclear treaty

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Russia refused to give any ground during a meeting with NATO on Friday about its alleged violations of a nuclear treaty, leaving the landmark arms control agreement in “real jeopardy,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

NATO says Russia has deployed a new land-based missile, the Iskander 9M729, in violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which since 1988 has banned all missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. And U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will begin withdrawing from the landmark nuclear accord on February 2 unless Russia takes steps to return to compliance.

The Kremlin insists that it has not breached the INF, and this week a senior Russian defense ministry official showed one of contested missiles to journalists at an event outside of Moscow and said it had a maximum range of 480 kilometers, making it compliant with the treaty.

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