MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry hopes the United States will revise its decision to withdraw the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and is doing its best to prevent such developments, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said.
“As for the United States’ plans to withdraw the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, we would like them to remain such and never be implemented. We hope it will not take place and we are doing our best for that in all formats,” he said.
According to the deputy defense minister, the sides know each other’s claims but not a single evidence has been given to Russia to justify the claims laid to it.
He said that Russia and the United States continue cooperation in a number of areas, including to maintain flight security in Syria. He stressed that the Russian defense ministry is ready to expand cooperation with the United States. “But, as is know, it were not us to curb cooperation. We are prepared for that to the extent the United States is prepared,” Fomin stressed.
The INF, or The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, Treaty was signed between the former Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987 and entered into force on June 1, 1988. In 1992, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the treaty was multilateralized with the former Soviet republics – Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine – as successors. The INF Treaty covered deployed and non-deployed ground-based short-range missiles (from 500 to 1,000 kilometers) and intermediate-range missiles (from 1,000 to 5,500 kilometers).
In the recent years, Washington has been accusing Russia of violating the treaty, while Moscow has been rejecting these allegations and advancing counter-claims concerning the implementation of the treaty by the US side.
US President Donald Trump said on October 20 that Washington would withdraw from the INF Treaty because Russia was violating the terms of the agreement. However Moscow has received no official notification from Washington as of yet. US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on October 31 that the notification would follow in due time. Meanwhile, US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson, said on November 15 that the US administration had not yet made a final decision on possible withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
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