German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says American nuclear missiles must not be stationed in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, in Washington’s arms control debate with Moscow.

The USA is set to quit the 30-year-old INF treaty with Russia, which has been preventing Washington from stationing such missiles in Europe. Both countries accuse each other of violating the treaty, and both deny any wrongdoing on their own part.

Deploying nuclear weapons in response to supposed treaty violations is Cold War-era logic, the German diplomat believes.

The USA is accusing Russia of building missiles prohibited by the INF treaty, while Moscow says American missile defense systems already stationed in Eastern Europe can easily be converted into offensive ballistic missile launchers.

Russia has warned it would have to respond if American missiles are stationed in Europe, making any such sites potential targets.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2018.

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