The European members of NATO urged US not to withdraw from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles (INF Treaty), and to force Russia to abide by its provisions. About it reports Reuters, citing diplomats who attended a closed meeting with U.S. representatives to NATO.
They told the news Agency that Germany and other European countries want Washington to convince Moscow to stop violating the agreement or revise it, making one party China. It is noted that the collapse of the Treaty will allow Russia to blame the United States and its allies.
NATO, in turn, indicated that it would continue to evaluate “the consequences of the destabilizing behavior of Russia to the security” of the Alliance.
As previously stated the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO believes that Russia is probably violating the provisions of the Treaty, and the United States fully complied with their obligations. At the same time, he does not think that the collapse of the agreement will lead to a new deployment of arms in Europe.
The US President Donald trump on 20 October announced his country’s exit from the INF Treaty. According to him, he was forced to take such a step, as Moscow violates this agreement. He added that permits the conclusion of new deals with Russia and China. The Kremlin said that the US withdrawal from the Treaty would harm security and stability around the world.
The INF Treaty does not allow parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5.5 thousand kilometers. The document was signed in 1987, the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating its terms.
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