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Politico political journalism company informed that US President Donald Trump’s administration is levying new sanctions on Russia it hopes will force it to comply with a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty it has violated by deploying a banned cruise missile, according to a senior administration official, reported the Deutsche Welle (DW) TV and radio company of Germany.

Under these new sanctions, the US Commerce Department will punish Russian companies that have provided technology to help develop the new weapon, which was outlawed by the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the United States and then-Soviet Union in 1987.

The goal, the official said, is to signal to Russia that the Trump administration will take treaty violations seriously and to “change the economic calculus” of Putin’s government.

In addition to the new sanctions, the official said the US Defense Department will begin research that will include a new ground-launched nuclear cruise missile, which is allowed under the INF Treaty.

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