Trump has expressed the wish to conclude with Russia a new missile Treaty
MOSCOW, Feb 2 — RIA Novosti. The US President Donald trump said that he would like to sign a new agreement on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).
Willingness to cooperate
Russia is open to coordination and cooperation with like-minded States to strengthen international security, said after trump statements in the foreign Ministry.
“Open to close coordination and full cooperation with the like-minded States, to strengthen strategic stability and international security,” the statement said.
The Senator Alexei Pushkov expressed the opinion that the statement of trump’s rhetoric, for which there is a real willingness to sign a new contract.
“Trump wanted to sign a new agreement, RIAC? These are the words but not deeds. Their goal is to reassure EU allies and for them to sweeten the bitter pill of a US withdrawal from the contract. A case lies in the fact that the US has decided to destroy the Treaty of 1987. The rest is mere rhetoric,” wrote Pushkov in Twitter.
The U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty
Earlier on Friday, trump said that Washington February 2, starts the procedure of withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that “if Russia does not return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty within the six-month period,” the contract will be terminated.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Moscow reserves the right to response in case the final gap in the United States the INF Treaty.
“If the U.S. side, the administration, the White house will finally form an opinion and get out of the INF Treaty, Moscow reserves the right to appropriate reaction and response, which, naturally, will be done,” said Zakharov on the program “60 minutes” on TV channel “Russia 1”.
The reaction of other countries
The head of the British foreign Minister Jeremy hunt said he supported the U.S. decision to suspend participation in the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range.