UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States has long been preparing to violate the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). This was announced on Friday, December 13, by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the tests of the new rocket by the United States.
“I can’t comment on the characteristics of the rocket, but the United States has long been preparing for the violation of the INF Treaty, we have identified this repeatedly,” he stressed.
Earlier that day, Vladimir Yermakov, director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control (DNV) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Moscow was alarmed by US testing of a missile banned by the INF Treaty.
He noted that the United States had the right to do this, since earlier it had unilaterally withdrawn from the agreement. However, the fact that the test was conducted shortly after the release shows that the development of weapons was carried out for a long time.
On December 12, the United States tested a non-nuclear ground-based ballistic missile, which took 9 months to create and prepare for launch. The Pentagon called the test successful.
On February 2, Washington initiated a withdrawal from the INF Treaty, accusing Moscow of failing to comply with paragraphs of the document because of the Russian 9M729 missile.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denied allegations of violation of the agreement, showing the specified rocket at a briefing for foreign military attaches in January 2019. Despite this, the United States has not changed its decision, and the INF Treaty has expired since August 2, 2019.
The INF Treaty was concluded between the USSR and the United States in 1987 and prohibited the two countries from producing and deploying medium- and shorter-range ballistic and cruise missiles.
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