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EU Doesn’t Want Europe to Again Become Region of Superpowers’ Rivalry

EU Doesn’t Want Europe to Again Become Region of Superpowers’ Rivalry
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By Staff, Agencies

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stated that the European Union doesn't want the European continent to "again become a region of superpowers' rivalry".

"What we definitely don't want to see is our continent going back to being a battlefield or a place where other super-powers confront themselves. This belongs to a faraway history", Mogherini told reporters.

The statement came as February 2 marks the deadline set by the White House for Russia to destroy the 9M729 missile, which the Pentagon says is in violation of the INF Treaty.

Russia strongly rejected the accusations, stating that Moscow strongly abides by the historic Cold War-era agreement.

After US President Donald Trump announced in October his administration's intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, which prohibits the development of ground-launched ballistic missiles and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.

While Russian authorities have yet again confirmed the country's adherence to the landmark treaty, the European Union has voiced concern over possible US exit, with Germany warning that it would oppose the deployment of new medium-range missiles on the European soil.