EU urges Russia, US to preserve 1987 arms treaty

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty was signed in Dec. 8, 1987 between US President Ronald Reagan, right, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the White House. (AP)

The European Union called on the United States and Russia to stick to a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty and to ensure its “full and verifiable implementation.”

EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said on Monday that Washington and Moscow “need to remain in a constructive dialogue to preserve this treaty.”

She said that in Europe, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty “contributed to the end of the Cold War, to the end of the nuclear arms race and is one of the cornerstones of European security architecture.”

US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Saturday that the United States would leave the landmark treaty has brought sharp criticism from Russian officials and from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the pact with President Ronald Reagan.

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