The President of the United States Donald trump signed the law on the financing and activities of the Pentagon in 2018, which contains articles on combating attributed to Russia’s violations of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF), reports TASS.
The lawmakers demanded sanctions against Russia “for violations of various treaties and agreements in the field of arms control”. For this purpose, the budget allocated $ 58 million. It is noted that they can spend including for the “development of defense systems to counter land-based missiles with range from 500 up to 5,5 thousand kilometers.” Legislators also insist on the development of Washington’s cruise missiles, land-based, but not in violation of the agreement.
The law lays down the right of States to suspend the implementation of the INF Treaty as a whole or to waive the number of its articles in the light of “violations of its provisions” Russia.
Not later than 30 days after the law came into force, the White house is obliged to submit to the committees on foreign Affairs of both houses of U.S. Congress plan of action in case of violation by Russia of the Treaty on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms.
Also, the law mentions restrictions on the open skies Treaty, which, according to the American congressmen that Russia violates. The authors of the document actually introduced a ban on the activities of the American air force in the framework of the agreement, while the head of the Department of defense not personally assure the relevant committees of the superiority of visual observation installed on flying aircraft over those that are installed on their commercial counterparts. The US President will be obliged to report to Congress on the steps taken in response to “violations” of Russia.
The INF Treaty does not allow parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with range from 500 up to 5,5 thousand kilometers. The document was signed in 1987. Russia and the United States regularly accuse each other of violating its terms.
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