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The United States expressed the hope that Russia will demonstrate a commitment to return to compliance with the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). This was stated by the head of the Pentagon James Mattis, reports TASS.
“As you progress we will monitor any signs indicating that Russia wants to return to compliance. It will be the best outcome. We want that this is exactly what happened,” he said.
According to Mattis, the situation with the contract “simply unacceptable” because “the two countries signed the Treaty, one of them violates it, and the second has to live with it”.
October 20 the President of the United States Donald trump announced his country’s exit from the INF Treaty. According to him, Washington 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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