Russian Federation asks US to destroy weapons banned by INF Treaty

Erika Holt
February 10, 2019

The Russian side suggested that the Americans "return to strict compliance" with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty before it expires in six months.

Speaking at an event hosted by Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and its Institute of Politics and Public Service on Wednesday night, Clinton claimed that the current administration withdrew "without really holding Putin accountable for his cheating on the treaty", Sputnik reported.

"We don't have an intermediate range system or something like that that we would, that we're talking about deploying at this time".

"It increases the unpredictability, and I believe the danger, that can come from throwing around more missiles and weapons of all kinds, but particularly nuclear ones, within the European theatre".

"But [it was done] not to boost the arms race".

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Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia - for which former ruler Russian Federation looms large as a threat - voiced hope that Washington and Moscow would work with other powers on a new agreement.

He added that he concludes that the United States was not anticipating any decision as well as all this was an amusement made to coat their domestic conclusion to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"These systems are part of NATO's missile system, so the group is directly responsible of the destruction of the INF Treaty", said Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday.

However, Ryabkov said all Russia's efforts were ignored or blocked by the United States.

The US will quit conforming to a milestone nuclear pact with Russian Federation when this weekends after last-ditch chats with Moscow to spare it bombed, a senior USA arms control official stated on Thursday. The 60 days were up at the beginning of February. Russian Federation is going to retaliate against the United States. The "actively working on creating ground-based missiles with the range capability of over 500 kilometers [310 miles], which is outside the treaty-stipulated limitations". Moscow denies violating the treaty.

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