UPDATED 10:18 AM PT — Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The U.S. is denying accusations from Russia that it plans to withdraw from an international treaty, which bans the testing of nuclear weapons. While speaking at a disarmament conference in Geneva Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood slammed the accusation as “crafty Soviet-like propaganda.”
This comes days before the U.S. is expected to withdraw from another nuclear pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF, over Russian non-compliance.
Wood denied the allegations and said Russia has a history of violating treaties:
“We have had over 30 plus meeting with the Russians to try to resolve this issue. It took a couple of years before they were willing to acknowledge the existence of the type of missile we were talking about, although they said it did not violate the range of the INF. So, NATO has spoken very clearly on this. It is really up to Russia right now, but I would not hold that hope for them at this point.”
This Friday is the deadline for the U.S. to withdraw from the INF Treaty unless Russia returns to full compliance.