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Message from Putin to NATO countries

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — While the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty seems to be finally buried, the Russian President has addressed dozens of countries, including those of the Northern Alliance, by proposing to ban deployment. short and medium range missiles in Europe.

Vladimir Putin has proposed to the leaders of dozens of countries, including NATO members, to impose a moratorium on the deployment of short and medium-range missiles in Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing a source of a recipient States who had access to the document.

According to the Russian daily, the message was also sent to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“We call on you to support our efforts by declaring for a NATO moratorium on the deployment of ground-based short and medium-range missiles, similar to that announced by Russia,” he said. the message.

Kommersant added that Moscow had in the past proposed this type of agreement to the countries of the Northern Alliance , the latter having not shown any interest.

The paper also noted that Russia had also reiterated its commitment not to deploy the missiles in question on its soil until they were installed by the United States in Europe.

End of the FNI

The Pentagon announced Monday, Aug. 19 to have tested a cruise missile with a conventional warhead that reached its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight.

This is the first attempt of its kind since the United States made the decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NIF), signed with Russia in 1987, which banned such tests. Washington accused Moscow of not respecting the terms, which Russia denied.

Vladimir Putin said that Washington was now able to deploy new cruise missiles in Romania and Poland, considering that Russia had to respond to what she saw as a threat. The United States, for its part, denied any intention to deploy new missiles in Europe.

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