December 4, 2018 / 6:05 PM / 6 months ago

U.S. gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty - Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference during the NATO foreign ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a 1987 nuclear arms control treaty or it will be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia had developed “multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles”, referring to the land-based, intermediate-range Cruise missile which also has the name of Novator 9M729.

“Its range makes it a direct menace to Europe,” he told a new conference after a meeting with his NATO counterparts.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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