The INF Treaty that Washington abandoned was aimed at primarily providing security for Europe, not the US, the Russian envoy to the US said, explaining the US move was driven by a desire to get new missiles. “The INF Treaty is dealing with the security of the European countries and the Russian Federation, not with the security of the US,” Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told RT, adding that Washington has apparently not been very interested in preserving the agreement, which it began to see as a limitation on its own military capabilities. Washington confirmed its withdrawal from the treaty, signed by the US and the USSR back in 1987, earlier this year and Moscow said it would also quit in a mirror response. The pact banned nuclear-armed and conventional land-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500km.
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