The law on the suspension of the INF Treaty was our response to the decision that previously was made in the USA, said a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Sergei Tsekov. But the President is entitled to take a decision on the renewal of the contract, “if the situation changes and the US will return to compliance with its obligations.”
Putin’s decision on suspension of the INF Treaty
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on the suspension of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) signed by Soviet Union and the United States in Washington on 8 December 1987. The corresponding document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
We will remind that earlier the President submitted the bill for consideration in the state Duma, where the document was supported by the profile Committee on foreign Affairs and committees on security and defense. As noted by the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the President is entitled to take a decision on the renewal of the contract, “if the situation changes and the US will return to compliance with its obligations.” In the end the document was passed by the Parliament on June 18, then June 26 it was approved by the Federation Council.
“The law on the suspension of the INF Treaty was our response to the decision that previously was made in the USA. The Americans provoke the arms race, and create certain conditions to inflame international relations. We have repeatedly urged them to keep all agreements on disarmament, including the INF Treaty. But they took the opposite decision and we have to respond to their actions.
At the same time Russia is not going to get involved in any arms race. Much better the money that is spent on weapons to be spent on solving social problems. Talked about this many times and the Russian leadership. But Americans do not hear and do not listen to us, aggressively trying to pull in the arms race. It is important to notice that we suspend the action of the INF Treaty, not revoked it, as I hope for the prevalence of reason in the United States and return to the contract.
They may make suggestions about some changes, but it is important to keep the essence of the INF Treaty that the parties could work on the differences that there are in Moscow and Washington. Our position is that the US is in breach of contract and they are trying to pass on to us the responsibility,” — said a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Sergei Tsekov.
Response in case of aggression
Accusations Washington was that Moscow was violating the INF Treaty for ten years. According to Americans, Russia has made forbidden on the basis of missile “Iskander-M” and “Caliber-NK”. The Russian side has repeatedly confirmed the existence of the missiles, but denied that the same violates the restrictions. The Russian Federation pointed out that the Americans even before the announcement about the break-up of the strategic compact launched production of prohibited missiles on its territory.
Russia offered the United States to withdraw from the Treaty in response, they put arbitrary conditions of failure of the rocket 9м729, and then offered to think over his decision. As noted earlier, the military expert Alexei Leonov, the Americans are trying to play the card that to blame Russia, and they are “fluffy peacekeepers” who were forced to respond to Russia. In fact, the situation looks the opposite way.
“The Americans withdrew from the INF Treaty and intend to create and deploy missiles of medium and shorter-range missiles in Eastern Europe, where in recent times increasingly increasing military presence and military bases open. Consequently, we must too, in order to have a security response in case of aggression. We need the missiles, allowing it to retaliate, a military strike on places of basing of American missiles.
Of course, this situation is very much disciplinarum security system in Europe, but out of DSRSD was not our initiative. On the contrary, we have always advocated to strengthen security measures, but Americans, unfortunately, went the other way, and we have to respond,” explains a member of the Committee of the State Duma on international Affairs Anton Morozov.
The system of security in Europe
The Europeans here have become a bargaining chip, but NATO have to continue to sing along with US, as this structure rests on the Americans and their money, says Lenkov. NATO, of course, going in the footsteps of American politics.
It adds Tsekov, I would like to hear from Europe is more reasonable proposals for preservation and extension of the INF Treaty, because its territory could become an arena of confrontation between Russia and the United States. As for the US, the policies do not expect from them in the near future steps to preserve the INF Treaty, although the suspension agreement Russia leaves Washington a chance.
“The administration trump now claims that they wanted to revise many contracts in the field of security. Earlier, the US came out of the nuclear deal on Iran, therefore, even in European questions, but in Washington, it seems, the vision of a new framework of security. Let’s see what they can offer, yet their actions are more like slacking security system, established in Soviet times,” comments Anton Morozov.
Andrei Petrov, the Economy today