In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the US government said that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.
This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now.
The United States will, of course, consult with allies on this matter to take into account the impact of this Russian violation on our collective security if Russia does not return to compliance.
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