Ambassador Evans’ Statement on Russia’s Withdrawal from the INF

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Russian suspension of the Intermediate Nuclear forces Agreement treaty (INF) simply confirms what everyone knew. The Russian government has not and did not intend to comply with the ban on intermediate nuclear weapons. To protect all of Europe, including Luxembourg, the United States can now meet the challenge of the security and safety of its allies until and unless rational minds in Russia agree that limits on nuclear weapons are better than no limits at all. As our history has confirmed, protecting our allies is among the very highest priorities in the United States. We will continue to stand with Luxembourg and our other NATO allies as Russia continues its alarming pattern of threatening actions.