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La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Climate of mistrust between US and Russia

Washington accused Moscow on Tuesday of violating the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with a test launch in 2008. Although the incident itself should not be dramatised, the delicate state of relations between the two countries is very much cause for concern, the liberal daily La Stampa warns: "The strategic balance between Washington and Moscow isn't significantly affected by this or that cruise missile. Nevertheless the political consensus achieved between Russia and the US has been subjected to almost daily attacks for some time now. A loss of trust and a dramatic decrease in readiness for dialogue are now the order of the day. The problems aren't new, but the polemical and brusque way of broaching them certainly are. ... The phase after the end of the Cold War seems to be giving way to one that is hard to define, but marked by huge uncertainties and dangers."

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