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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov discussed by phone with a colleague from Germany Heiko Maas, the US withdrawal from the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
«During the substantive exchange of views were raised topical issues on the international agenda, including the situation around the announced U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range», — stated in the message of the foreign Ministry.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald trump said the United States will increase its nuclear capacity until then while the rest of us «don’t come around», and after Washington will be ready to stop this process and even to proceed to arms reduction. He explained that this message is addressed primarily to China and Russia, which, according to him, is not fulfilling its obligations under the INF Treaty.