March 9, 2017 / 11:23 AM / a year ago

Kremlin rejects U.S. accusation of violating arms control treaty

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. accusations that it had violated the “spirit and intent” of an arms control treaty.

FILE PHOTO - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith following the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“Russia was, is and will abide by all international obligations, including those coming from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty... even when it is not entirely in Russia’s interests,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said on Wednesday that Russia had deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the “spirit and intent” of an arms control treaty and poses a threat to NATO.

Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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