US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

July 29, 2014 1:48 AM

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WASHINGTON: In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Russia's grant of asylum to national security agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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