Russian Federation nuclear treaty is in "real danger": NATO chief

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The warning came after President Donald Trump said on February 1 he would pull out of the landmark 1987 nuclear disarmament treaty, called the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing years of Russian violations.

But Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had no intention of deploying "new nuclear land-based weapons systems in Europe".

Stoltenberg said the ministers will discuss Wednesday "what steps North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should take to adapt to a world with more Russian missiles".

"They are part of a broader picture where we have seen Russian Federation investing heavily in modern military capabilities over a long time, including new nuclear capabilities", he said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg fuelled World War 3 fears as he repeated once again the Allies are standing by the side of Washington over the INF row with Moscow.

"Our government is firmly in the camp of looking for an opportunity to have an arms control agreement that would include all the countries that have these intermediate ballistic missiles", U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said during a Tuesday call with reporters.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday that the military alliance is studying a range of options to deal with what it insists are Russian violations of a key missile treaty but that it wants to avoid sparking any arms race.

Mr Stoltenberg reiterated Russian Federation has breached the treaty multiple times, saying: "All European allies agree with the United States because Russian Federation has violated the treaty for several years".

President Vladimir Putin a day later said Moscow would also abandon the accord, which restricts the deployment of missiles with a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) to 5,500 kilometers.

Stoltenberg reiterated that "NATO does not want a new arms race".

Stoltenberg said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has "a wide range of options, conventional and other options", but he declined to list them, warning that any speculation "would just add to the uncertainty".

"They have announced a lot of new nuclear weapons systems and they have used force against a neighbour in Ukraine". Russian Federation insists it has a range of less than 500km, and claims United States target-practice missiles and drones also break the treaty.

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