NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg continued to slam Russian Federation today for violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, saying there is no sign that Russian Federation is making any effort to come into compliance after both the United States and Russian Federation confirmed withdrawing from the deal.
"We have not seen any signs of a breakthrough", Stoltenberg said.
The INF Treaty was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987 and came into force the following June.
Stoltenberg said the chances of a resolution were "going down, day by day" but that NATO had not given up on trying to convince Moscow to destroy the SSC-8 ground-launched cruise missile, which it says the treaty ban on land-based missiles with a range of 500 km to 5,500 km (300-3,400 miles).
Russian Federation confirmed that, should the United States quit the treaty, Moscow did not plan to install any "relevant weapons in Europe and other regions as long as there are no USA missiles of short and medium range there".
"It is possible to do it in a few weeks because that has happened before".
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Stoltenberg refused to give further details of the countermeasures on Friday, saying North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was still focused on trying to save the deal, but he noted that the alliance's existing ballistic missile defense shield would not be capable of shooting down the Russian missiles.
Such steps are meant to underline NATO's determination to protect Europe and raise the economic and military costs for Russian Federation of any possible missile attack.
"We must prepare for a world without INF, which will be less stable", he added.
The new Russian law includes a clause that would allow President Vladimir Putin to lift the suspension.
Putin has said he is also ready to drop New START - which expires in 2021 - accusing Washington of being unwilling to negotiate an extension to the agreement.