UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Russia invited NATO countries to collectively join the moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles, but there is no answer yet, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“We brought the idea to the attention of NATO members, invited them to join it collectively,” the minister said. “They have not yet responded with consent.”
Lavrov also added that Moscow will not persuade Beijing to join new negotiations on the situation with the INF Treaty. As the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted, the main precondition for starting negotiations on the INF Treaty, in Washington’s opinion, is Beijing’s accession to them.
“The PRC said that the scale of its nuclear potential is not comparable with the American and Russian, therefore, participation [in the negotiations] cannot be supported,” he noted. But the Americans continue to declare this, we are being asked to persuade the PRC. We will not deal with these.”
“If the United States obtains the consent of the PRC, then we will be ready to talk. But to force Beijing, in addition to his will, I think is not very correct,” the minister stressed (quotes from TASS).
The INF Treaty was concluded between the USSR and the USA in 1987 and prohibited the production, storage and testing of ground-based missile weapons, whose flight range is from 500 to 5500 km.
The President of the United States announced a unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty in February 2019, according to Vesti. Economics.
In a message to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the consequences of the Trump administration’s actions to terminate the agreement signed between the USA and the USSR in 1987, and also listed many years of US violation of the agreement in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles, construction of Aegis infrastructure Eshor “(Aegis Ashore) in Poland and Romania.
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