Heiko, Macphoto: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti
Russia may keep the Agreement on the deployment of intermediate range (the INF Treaty), which provided security in Europe, if you stop to break it. This was stated by foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas journalists of the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
According to him, the INF Treaty for decades has directly contributed to the security of Europe. “Therefore it is of great importance for us in Germany,” — said the Minister.
The key to the preservation of the Treaty is in Moscow, said Maas. Russia had violated a contract by developing a prohibited cruise missile, it needs to be removed from service if Moscow wants to preserve the INF Treaty, said the foreign Minister.
Berlin is obviously interested in the spread of Russian-American Treaty on a broader range of States possessing medium-range missiles, the newspaper writes. The situation since the cold war has changed, hence the need to develop new global rules of transparency and control, said Maas.
January 4, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia has a last chance to return to compliance with the contract.
In December, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said if Moscow begins to implement the INF Treaty within 60 days, the United States suspended its action, and then start the exit procedure. The Russian foreign Ministry said that Washington has not explained what is meant by the word “pause”. However, if the U.S. withdraws from the Treaty, then Russia would be free of obligations, and “responsible for scrapping one of the foundations of strategic stability rests on the United States.”
In October 2018, the US President, Donald trump declared that Washington will come out of the INF Treaty, as Moscow violates the terms of the contract, but is willing to sign a new nuclear deal with Russia and China.
The INF Treaty prohibits ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5.5 thousand kilometers. The agreement was signed in 1987 Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan.
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