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Russia Warns U.S. Over Missile Deployment Near Its Borders

Russia says it is not carrying out any "unusual military activity" and urges Washington to fully implement a Cold War-era arms control accord.

In a statement on June 11, the Foreign Ministry warned that the deployment of missiles by the United States near Russia's borders would mean the "total destruction" of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

It also accused the United States of pushing Kyiv to continue the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling Russian-backed separatists for more than a year.

The statement comes after a U.S. State Department report accused Russia of violating its arms treaty obligations.

Earlier this month, U.S. defense officials reportedly discussed deploying land-based missiles in Europe in response to Russia's alleged violation of the INF treaty.

Based on reporting by Reuters, TASS, and Interfax