Russia asks US to destroy weapons banned by INF Treaty

GettyImages-Putin trump INF

GettyImages-Putin trump INF

In December, the USA gave Russian Federation a 60 day warning about withdrawing from the treaty, asking Moscow to return compliance by destroying the missiles that allegedly violate the treaty.

"Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America's interests", Trump told USA lawmakers assembled in the House chamber.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't-in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far", Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

Washington has since quite a while ago blamed Russia for mocking the 1987 INF Treaty (Intermediate-run Nuclear Forces), claiming that another Russian missile, the Novator 9M729, referred as the SSC-8 by NATO, disregards the settlement that bans either side from positioning intermediate and short-range, land-based missiles in Europe.

She went on to tell the crowd that instead of demanding talks on the matter, the United States made a decision to pull out, and claimed that Russian Federation was going "to go forward and develop even more of these" weapons.




However, since Romania hosts the USA missile-defense system on its territory, "it can not be overlooked by the Russian defense planning", Kuzmin said in response to an RFE/RL reporter's question. Undersecretary for Defense Policy John Rood also said Wednesday there were no plans for such a deployment. They have also countered with our systems that are in violation.

"It is vital to conclude that measures for Russia's military containment will be taken and they will be very tough", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated at a news conference, according to TASS.

He explained this process of creating a new agreement is still in the early stages, and the US has yet to send any definite proposals.

"It needs to be more than the United States and Russian Federation because there are more countries that can produce such weapons than 30 years ago", he said in an interview in Washington, where he is taking part in a 79-member conference Wednesday on the fight against the Islamic State group.

The INF Treaty marked the first-ever pact reached by Washington and Moscow on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting the arms race.

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