Hillary Clintongate: Nikita Shokhov / RIA Novosti
The US withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) was a “gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin,” said the former candidate for US presidents from Democratic party Hillary Clinton. Her words reports The Hill.
In her opinion, the administration of U.S. President Donald trump terminated the agreement, not emphasizing the responsibility of Putin for his termination. According to Clinton, wrong attitude to the coverage of the INF Treaty was laid under Obama.
“We have pictures, we know a lot about their disorders, we had better work to not only Americans but Russians, Europeans became clear that Russia was not fulfilling its obligations,” Clinton said. She also stressed that the United States should not have to withdraw from the contract without discussion of any other form of agreement with Russia.
On 2 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its participation in the INF Treaty in response to similar US actions. Washington insists that the reason for the decision was the systematic violation of the terms of the agreement with Moscow, whereas the United States continues to abide by them. It was stated that the process of withdrawal from the contract will be completed in six months, if Russia does not return to compliance with the agreements.
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. Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating its terms. USA, in particular, criticized Russia for the fact that it hides the true potential of cruise missiles 9М729 complex “Iskander-M”. Moscow denies this.
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