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The President of the United States Donald trump instructed to prepare a plan for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia over alleged violations of the provisions of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF). The corresponding decree was posted on the White house website.
“I instruct to comply with the requirements of section 1244 (C) of the law on the military budget of the United States in the 2018 financial year”, — stated in the order. Under this item, the President shall submit to Congress a report with a plan for the implementation of the sanctions measures against individuals responsible for the failure of Moscow, the provisions of the INF Treaty.
As measures of influence the White house can block all transactions of sanctioned individuals and companies, not to let them into the United States, and to apply “other appropriate measures”.
In June 2017, the Russian foreign Ministry said that the issue of execution by Russia of the INF Treaty provisions used in the United States as another reason for the use of the new restrictions. “One gets the impression that Washington is a contest for the invention of reasons for anti-Russian sanctions. The theme of the INF Treaty here, unfortunately, is no exception,” — said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on non-proliferation and arms control Vladimir Leontiev.
The INF Treaty (intermediate-range) does not allow parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with range from 500 up to 5,5 thousand kilometers. The document was signed in 1987. Russia and the United States regularly accuse each other of violating its terms.
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