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Russia complies with the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). This was stated by foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reported.
“Russia strictly observes contractual provisions and the American side is known,” she said, commenting on ultimatum made earlier by US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
Earlier on 4 December, the head of American diplomacy said that Washington will come from the INF Treaty if Russia will not return to its execution within 60 days. Pompeo promised that during this period the United States will not produce, test and place prohibited by the Treaty of weapons, “then we’ll see what happens.”
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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