Deputy Secretary of state accused Russia at the beginning of the arms race
WASHINGTON, February 8. /TASS/. Russia violated the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) and thus started the arms race in which the United States was not involved. With such a statement was made on Thursday in an interview with PBS television, Deputy Secretary of state for arms control and international security Andrea Thompson.
“We’re not trying to draw Russia into an arms race. We continued to observe the INF Treaty and all other treaties with arms control, while Russia has violated. Russia began an arms race. It started eight years ago when she [Russia] violated the INF Treaty,” said assistant Secretary of state, accused Moscow of the fact that she “initiated this threat.”
“If you allow the Contracting party to break it without any consequences, you undermine the efficiency of the whole arms control,” added Thompson. According to her, the United States continues to provide Russia with intelligence information about the violations of the Treaty, but Moscow denies these data.