Sunday, July 14, the European Union issued a statement in which he called on Russia to preserve the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). A statement on behalf of the representative of the EU foreign service are posted on the website of the European Council.
The European Union urged “all States to maintain the integrity defined by the established rules of the international system with a multilateral approach as a key principle,” and expressed concern that “the international regime of disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons is under serious pressure.”
The statement includes a special appeal to the Russian Federation “urgent appeal” to “answer the serious concerns regarding creation, flight testing and deployment of missile systems, ground based 9 М729, and related serious concerns about the mismatch of this system the provisions of the INF Treaty”.
In the statement, signed on December 8, 1987 Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range “has made a significant contribution to European and international security for over 30 years.”
Recall that on 1 February the implementation of its obligations under the contract stopped US. Then President Donald trump has accused Russia that for many years she violates the agreement. In particular, Washington was considered a violation of the deployment of missile complexes “Innovator” 9M729. June 18 Goodma of the Russian Federation adopted a law on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the INF Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 3 to ratify the law.
Action DRM can end on 2 August 2019. “The coming days represent the last opportunity for dialogue and necessary action to preserve this important component of European security architecture”, — reads the statement of the European Union.
The EU calls on Russia “to immediately take serious and transparent steps to ensure the full and verifiable implementation of the INF Treaty”.
“If you find it impossible to preserve the INF Treaty, the NATO response will be coordinated and defensive,” said July 5, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who insists that Russia needs to destroy the new missiles until 2 August.