Andrea Thompsoncigar: Deutsche Welle
The arms race between Washington and Moscow actually has already begun. Deputy Secretary of state for arms control and international security issues Andrea Thompson said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.
The diplomat answered the question of whether the American side for the resumption of the race. According to Thompson, it has already begun, because “Russia has put into service a missile system” that violates the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate range (the INF Treaty).
“The Russians clearly violated the agreement, and they started the so-called arms race,” said Deputy Secretary of state. She added that the missile launchers threaten not only Americans, but European partners and allies of the United States.
The spokesman also said that the demonstration of Russian cruise missiles, ground-based 9М729, which, according to Washington violates the INF Treaty is an imitation, rhetoric, and propaganda.
Russia showed the foreign military attaché rocket 9М729 23 Jan. 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 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. Moscow denies this.
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