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MOSCOW -- The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that it has asked the U.S. side to destroy weapons prohibited by the arms-control Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the military attache at the U.S. embassy in Moscow was invited to the defense ministry and given a note urging Washington to return to strict compliance with the INF Treaty. (Russia-US-INF Treaty)

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KIEV -- The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday adopted a bill to ban Russian observers from monitoring Ukraine's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

The legislation was supported by 232 votes in favor, surpassing the minimum of 226 required, the parliament said in a statement on its website. (Ukraine-Elections-Russia)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Thursday revealed an underground missile production facility, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The factory of the IRGC is the underground ballistic missile production site which was put on show for the first time, the report said. (Iran-IRGC-Missiles)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli and U.S. militaries will hold a major joint military exercise in Israel next week, the Israeli army said Thursday.

As the most significant joint exercise between the United States and Israel for 2019, the Juniper Falcon 19 will be held from Sunday to Thursday, according to a statement by the Israeli army. (Israel-US-Military Drills) Enditem

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