Russia to exit INF Treaty after six months, FM Lavrov says
Updated 18:04, 06-Feb-2019

Russia will leave the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after six months as a "mirror response" to the U.S., Sputnik reported Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday. 

"As for the INF Treaty, we have already said everything in response to the unfounded accusations by the United States. President Putin has determined our position – we will act in a mirror-like manner. The Americans have suspended their participation in the agreement. We did the same. Accordingly, upon the expiration of the six-month period, according to the results of the official note from the United States on withdrawal from this agreement, the deal will cease to operate," Lavrov stated on Wednesday at a briefing in Turkmenistan according to Sputnik. 

The U.S. announced its decision to withdraw from the decades-long landmark nuclear arms control pact with Russia last Friday. 

Russia suspended the Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty last Saturday after the U.S. announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations. 

The U.S.' full withdrawal from the INF Treaty would not herald the start of a new Cold War, the RIA news agency quoted Lavrov as saying on Monday. 

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia has suspended the INF Treaty and has no plans to initiate new disarmament talks with Washington.

(With inputs from agencies)