The President of France Emmanuel macron rejected the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the deployment of missiles in Europe. Paris “in any way did not accept” Russia has proposed a moratorium on the placement of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF), announced macron.
The French President said at a joint press conference in Paris with the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, that has not made concessions to the Russian leader in the moratorium and urged NATO to dialogue on this issue. “We in no way have not adopted the Russia-proposed moratorium. But we saw it as a basis for discussion,” which should not simply be neglected, said macron.
However, he added that Moscow should maintain “a steady, sober and hard” dialogue. “Russia is a geographical part of Europe” and “creating a new security architecture requires a new relationship with Russia,” said the French President. “Let’s talk seriously, we are talking about security interests” of European countries that are “closely associated” with the Russian policy in Europe, the French leader quoted by Reuters.
“In the interests of peace and stability in Europe, which I think is the main goal, we should start negotiations on arms limitation,” concluded macron.
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Speaking about the future of the Treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF), the French leader noted that “previously, this field was regulated on the basis of numerous multilateral treaties and historical bilateral agreements between the USA and Russia.” “We have repeatedly expressed regret at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty. Because now there is no agreement, agreement on which was reached during the cold war,” – said the French President.
“The Treaty was denounced by the United States. But we can’t stay in a situation when, having put a lot of effort in order to prevent violations of that Treaty by Russia and then of the American decisions, we were now in a situation where we can only state that are not under the protection of this bilateral agreement,” – said the leader of France.
He suggested that mandatory to consider the issue next week at the NATO summit, reports TASS. “It is necessary resolutely to the topic in the first place within the Alliance, but also the conduct of dialogue with Russia in order to recreate the conditions of our security in the world today,” – said macron.
“The agreement, for which I speak, and which would replace the INF Treaty, should be the result of extensive work on coordinating positions within the Alliance and particularly between the countries of Europe. This work involves the participation of Europeans in the Treaty. We can’t give away your safety to the discretion of a bilateral Treaty, in which none of the Europeans are not involved,” – said the French leader.
Recall, August 2, the United States officially withdrew from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range. Washington explained this by the fact that Russia allegedly is not in compliance with the contract. In Russia believe such accusations are without grounds and accused of violating the Treaty, the United States.
In mid-September, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent to the participating countries of the NATO the letter with the proposal to introduce a moratorium on the placement of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF). But the Alliance has rejected his offer as “not credible”. NATO justified it by the fact that Russia has placed on its territory missiles 9М729 (SSC-8 according to NATO classification), able to fly more than 500 kilometers.
In the United States and NATO believe that Moscow thus had violated the contract and must at the outset to destroy these missiles, and so that it can be verified. Russia recognizes the presence of such missiles, but argues that they do not violate the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).