Sergey Rabaute: Mikhail Voskresensky / RIA Novosti
Washington will suspend its obligations under the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). This statement was made Deputy head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov, RIA Novosti reported.
According to him, it “will probably happen in the next weekend.” The Russian side also noted that the United States has taken a destructive position on the agreement, sustained in extremely rigid tones. In addition, the Deputy Minister said that the responsibility for what happens with the INF Treaty lies entirely on the United States.
Deputy Secretary of state Andrea Thompson said that Washington is not developing new nuclear weapons since the cold war has reduced its nuclear capability 88 percent unlike “certain other countries”.
“The United States must have a modern, flexible and sustainable nuclear forces that are safe. This does not mean that the United States is developing new nuclear weapons or pursuing new nuclear targets in the world. No, we don’t do this,” she said. “We remain firmly committed to its obligations under the non-proliferation regime”, she added and urged “everyone to work together.”
The Russian diplomat also said that following the meeting of the “nuclear five” (Russia, USA, UK, France and China) held in Beijing, has not been made final joint statements. As noted Ryabkov, this was “an unprecedented challenge for this format”.
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 reproach Russia 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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