JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Plans to Leave Russian Nuclear Deal, but Is Still Consulting Allies, Official Says; Coats to brief NATO colleagues at Brussels meeting this week on ‘threat’ from Moscow and how to respond” – Wall Street Journal/ Courtney McBride

“The U.S. remains on a path to withdraw from the [INF Treaty] … citing alleged [Russian] violations … but continues to consult with its allies ….  [DNI Dan Coats] …. said he will brief European allies at a [NATO] meeting … [T]he Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty … bars … ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,400 miles) …. Coats said …. ‘The intelligence community assesses Russia has flight tested, produced and deployed cruise missiles with a range capability … prohibited by the treaty’ …. ‘Russia has shown no sign that it is willing to acknowledge its violation, let alone return to full and verifiable compliance.’ At issue is … the 9M729 missile … which Moscow denied [existed] until presented with U.S. evidence. Russia continues to deny that the 9M729[‘s] range[] ….”File Photo of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan at Table Signing Documents

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