MOSCOW, July 31 Russia's top general, Valery
Gerasimov, told the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
on Thursday that Moscow was committed to adhering to the
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty after Washington accused
Russia of violating the agreement.
The accusations from Washington have heightened tension
between Russia and the United States at a time when ties between
the two former Cold War foes have plunged relations to their
lowest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.
"Gerasimov reaffirmed Russia's commitment to fulfilling the
provisions of the treaty on intermediate-range rockets," Russian
state news agency RIA reported the general as telling General
Martin Dempsey in a telephone call.
Washington says Russia has violated the treaty, ratified in
1988, which was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise
missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).
The United States has called for senior-level talks to discuss
It was unclear whether General Gerasimov's conversation with
General Dempsey was part of those talks.
Russia's Foreign Ministry denied the U.S. accusations as
"unfounded" and said it had its own complaints against the
United States over the treaty.
Washington has given no details over how in its view Russia
violated the treaty, but the New York Times had reported in
January that Washington informed its NATO partners that Russia
had tested a ground-launched cruise missile.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Mark Heinrich)