Putin said no evidence of Russia’s violations of the INF Treaty
USA not provided evidence of alleged violations by Russia of the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), said today the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
So he responded to the statement of US state Secretary Michael Pompeo on Washington to suspend obligations under the contract in 60 days if Moscow does not return to compliance.
“The statement of Mr. Pompeo belatedly, first, still, the American side has declared that it intends to withdraw from the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles, and then began to look for justification, why they should do it”, — quotes Putin “Interfax”.
The main justification is that we have something broken. This normally is no evidence of violations on our part is not available.Mr Putinprime of the Russian Federation
Putin said that in the case of medium-range missiles from the United States will and Russia. “Many other countries — there are already a dozen, probably — produce such weapons, while Russia and the United States themselves on a bilateral basis restricted. Now, apparently, our American partners believe that the situation has changed so that the United States should have such weapons. What kind of response on our part? Yes, a simple: then we also will do it”, — the President told reporters.
The newsthe General staff spoke about Russia’s response in case of cancellation of the INF Treaty
Before Pompeo at a press conference after a meeting of foreign Ministers of NATO said that the United States will start the procedure of withdrawal from the INF Treaty if Russia does not comply with the contract in “full and verifiable” manner. Today, a representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the US charges “baseless, unsubstantiated”, and their evidence has not shown. However, the Russian foreign Ministry said it was ready to dialogue with the United States on the INF Treaty, but without ultimatums.
About the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the President of the United States Donald trump announced on 20 October. According to him, this is due to the fact that the Treaty is outdated as a two-sided, and, moreover, Russia violate it. The INF Treaty from 1987 prohibits parties from possessing ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km. About Russia’s violation of the terms of the agreement in Washington first began in July 2014 the US Claim to include cruise missile ground-based 9М729 for complex “Iskander” — analogue of the missiles “Caliber” for the Navy.
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