October 22, 2018 / 9:40 AM / 25 days ago

Moscow wants U.S. to explain planned exit from arms treaty - RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Madagascan counterpart Eloi Maxime Dovo in Moscow, Russia October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow expected Washington to explain its plans to quit a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe.

President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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