NATO assured that the shock drones and missile targets used by the US, does not violate the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate range (the INF Treaty). This at a press-conference on results of session of Council Russia-the NATO in Brussels said the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, reports TASS.
“These issues have been discussed for several years. The question of shock drones and missile targets, used to verify the protection against ballistic missiles is not a violation of the agreement” — said Stoltenberg on the question of a journalist about a controversial military technology of the United States. He also added that “Russia continues to raise these issues, to divert attention from the real problem”, which, in his opinion, remain a new Russian missiles.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said earlier that the United States freely interpret the INF Treaty obligations in cases where they prevent the creation of important weapons, namely, target missiles Bliss, and LRALT MRT. USA klassificeret them as permitted under the contract of rockets of a class “earth-air”, but the Russian side believes that under the guise of testing us experts work out the production and use of missiles prohibited by the Treaty range. Well as violating the terms of the agreement, Russia considers developed in the US attack drones.
23 January, Russia at a briefing in Moscow Park “Patriot” showed foreign military attache cruise missile ground-based 9М729, which, according to Washington violates the INF Treaty. It was reported that US officials ignored the event.
16 January the US announced the date of withdrawal from the INF Treaty if Moscow will not return to its execution. The process will begin on 2 February. The President of the United States Donald trump announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement on 20 October 2018.
The Treaty does not allow parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5.5 thousand kilometers. Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating its terms. USA, in particular, criticized Russia for the fact that the latter hides the true potential of cruise missiles 9М729 complex “Iskander-M”. In the Pentagon believe that a ground missile has a range of 500 kilometers.
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