The United States suspended participation in the INF Treaty with Russia

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has officially stated that the US was suspending participation in the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), from 2 February.

President Donald trump right after that announced Washington’s intention to work with NATO and other allies and to develop options for a “military response”:

“We will move forward and develop our military response. And we will work with NATO and our other allies and partners not to allow Russia to get any sort of military advantage as a result of its illegal conduct,” reads the statement of the President of the United States.

NATO 1 February also said the failure by Russia of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter that NATO members fully support the decision of the United States and Russia in the next six months to return to “full compliance with the terms of the contract” or “fully held accountable for his termination.”

“We regret that Russia as part of its overall behavior continues to deny its violations of the INF Treaty, refuses to give a credible answer and does not show any steps towards a return to full and verifiable implementation of the Treaty,” – said in a statement, NATO.

Pompeo, like Stoltenberg also said that Russia has six months to demonstrate that it complies with the Treaty. And stressed that Russia must change “destabilizing activities” not only in connection with the INF Treaty, but also in other areas. According to him, it was a violation by the Russian party to the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range prevents the establishment of relations between Washington and Moscow.

“It negates the chance that bilateral relations were moving in a better direction. >…< Russia’s violation of the Treaty creates the potential for millions of Europeans and Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of state.

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Russia has not received from Washington of evidence of violations of the INF Treaty, “would you care to provide any evidence other than your tweets, this had been done as there has been a violation? No proof, no satellite images, no interception, no evidence”, – said Zakharov on the TV channel “Russia-1”.

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The Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles was signed on 8 December 1987 by the presidents of the USSR and the USA Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. It entered into force on 1 June 1988.

The document included the elimination of an entire class of missiles: he forbade the parties to produce, test and deploy ballistic and cruise missiles, ground-based medium-range (1000 to 5500 km) and shorter-range (500 to 1000 km), as well as launchers for them.

20 Oct 2018 US President Donald trump has announced its intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty and noted that the Russian side violates the provisions of the agreement.

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