BUCHAREST: Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders says he hopes the United States will work closely with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons after it pulls out of a key Cold War-era missile treaty.

The Trump administration is poised to announce that it is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty because it says Russia is violating it. Moscow denies doing so.

Reynders said Friday: “I hope that our American colleagues, including outside the treaty framework, are going to keep working on this dialogue with Russia.”

He said: “It’s not by leaving the multilateral framework that we’re going to succeed in having greater pressure or efficiency in the fight against nonproliferation.”

The treaty bans ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 500 kilometers (310 miles) and 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles).

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