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Assistant Secretary Rose cautions of potential U.S. military response if Russia keeps violating INF treaty

If Russia keeps breaching the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the U.S. will readily take the necessary response measures, including a diplomatic reaction, but also a potential military response, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose said on Thursday in Bucharest.

The official mentioned that the U.S. didn’t yet reach a decision on the implementation of such options, but will do so after consulting with NATO allies, Romania included. He specified that Washington is also contemplating potential economic measures to make Russia observe the treaty.

We don’t want to enter an action – reaction cycle with Russia, but at the same time we will not sit idle if Russia keeps violating this highly important treaty, Rose told a debate organized at the headquarters of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the official, the stance of the U.S. is that the INF treaty has served the strategic interests of the U.S., Russia and NATO allies for more than 25 years, and therefore it must be kept in place to maintain stability in the Euro-Atlantic zone.

Our goal is to use diplomacy to make Russia revert to observing the treaty, and if it fails to do so, we will resort to the necessary actions to make sure it gets no military benefit from violating it, Rose added, according to Agerpres.

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