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"I'm Steve Inskeep. And I'm Rachel Martin. The clock is ticking on the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty, a nineteen eighty-seven arms control agreement that symbolize the end of the Cold War. The Trump administration announced last week. It is pulling out of the deal, which means the whole thing. Dissolves in six months. How is Russia responding to this NPR's? Lucian Kim reports from Moscow on Saturday morning Russian President Vladimir Putin invited to most trusted ministers to a Kremlin meeting staged for TV. Cashman. For Mr. Sergei Lavrov said the US has been violating the IMF treaty since nineteen ninety nine. Defense Minister Sergei. Said that's why Russia has to start developing weapons. Previously banned by the treating intermediate range land based missiles. Response was incident indecisive. Our response will be symmetrical. Putin said if our American partner, suspend their participation in the IMF treaty. So we'll we if they start working on new weapons you. So we'll we the performance in. The Kremlin itself was a response to comments made by secretary of state, Mike Pompeo a day earlier in Washington to this day Russia remains in material breach of its treaty obligations. Not to produce possess or flight test ground-launched launched intermediate range cruise missile system with a range between five hundred and fifty five hundred kilometers. As a result Pompeo said the US was giving Russia's six months notice with Putin following suit it now looks like it's just a matter of time before the IMF treaty will lose its effect, Alexandra Golts defence analysts in Moscow calls the consequences for Russia a strategic catastrophe. Right here. Sooner or later. Russia will find itself in the same situation. It was in at the beginning of the nineteen eighties. Namely in the range missiles that can hit major Russian population centers within a flight time of six to eight minutes. What he means is if the US goes back to deploying medium range missiles in Europe, Russian leaders will have much less time to decide if they're really under attack. And maybe tempted to launch a preemptive nuclear strike. What I see? Stole. What did he you should Mielke middle? Gold says Putin is not in a place where he wants to be thought he could get away with some minor violations without the US tearing up the entire agreement after all the Obama administration I accused Russia violating the IMF treaty with the testing of new missile, but just weeks after Donald Trump's inauguration. The Pentagon said Russia had actually deployed that weapon. Then John Bolton was appointed Trump's national security advisor in October. He came to Moscow to deliver a message to Putin. The problem is there are Russian INF file missiles in Europe. Now, the threat is not American withdrawal. From the tree with red is the Russian missiles already before Bolton takes pride in ending another arms control agreement the treaty when he served in the Bush administration after the IMF treaty runs. Its course in August. Only one major nuclear weapons treaty will still bind the US and Russia. It's set to expire in two years and talks to renew. It have not yet begun. Listen, Kim, NPR news Moscow. This."