Vladimir Putin has suspended Russian involvement in the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after the similar decision by the US.
Russian President stated that Russia will start developing new missiles soon.
The US has been accusing Russia of violating the treatment while Russia has been denying this accusations. However, the US have announced on Friday that it was suspending its obligations under the agreement.
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by the US and USSR and was aimed to ban the use of short and medium-range missiles by both countries.
“Our American partners announced that they are suspending their participation in the treaty, and we are suspending it too,” Mr Putin said on Saturday. He added: “All of our proposals in this sphere, as before, remain on the table, the doors for talks are open.”
Earlier on Saturday, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told: “All (European – ed.) allies agree with the United States because Russia has violated the treaty for several years. They are deploying more and more of the new nuclear capable missiles in Europe.”
He also claimed that six-month period the US had given Russia to return to full compliance should be used effectively by Russia.
Despite that Putin denied any violation of the INF record.