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The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu said that the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) will entail serious consequences primarily for Europe, reports “Interfax”.
“We are interested in the reaction of Europe to the decision of the US to withdraw from the INF Treaty. And would like Europe to know and understand the consequences that will in the case of placing medium-range missiles in Europe,” — said Shoigu at the meeting with the Minister of defense of Greece Panos Kammenos.
“As regards intermediate-range and shorter-range, we think, not everyone in Europe understand that this decision could have serious consequences for Europe in particular, and more specifically, for Europe — in the first place. And we think that it would be correct to broader discussion within NATO and the EU of this decision”, — said the Minister.
October 20 the President of the United States Donald trump 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. The American leader added that allows for the conclusion of new deals with Russia and China.
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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