August 2, 2019 / 11:01 AM / 19 days ago

UK blames Russia for nuclear treaty collapse, says threatens European security

Dominic Raab is seen at the Foreign and Commonwealth building after being appointed as the Foreign Secretary by Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Britain, July 24, 2019. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Russia was to blame after the United States withdrew from the landmark nuclear missile pact (INF) between the two countries, saying the United Kingdom fully supported NATO’s response.

“Russia has caused the INF Treaty to collapse by secretly developing and deploying a treaty-violating missile system which can target Europe’s capitals,” Raab said on Twitter.

“Their contempt for the rules-based international system threatens European security.”

Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by David Milliken

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