Russian Federation asks USA to destroy weapons banned by INF Treaty

Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Mikhail Metzel TASS

The U.S. decision to withdraw from the INF treaty after accusing Russian Federation of violating the pact, has fueled growing tensions between Washington and Moscow, and raised the threat of a renewed missile build-up in Europe.

"We of course saw the reference in president Trump's statement to the possibility of a new treaty that could be signed in a handsome room and that this treaty should also include other countries as its participants", Ryabkov said.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't-in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far", Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson argued in Wednesday's phone call with reporters that there is enough time to discuss the treaty's extension. "It is a relatively simple treaty to extend, so we have time with that".

"In response to the U.S. notification, we sent our notification to the USA embassy on February 4", he said.

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"We want to emphasize that the United States has been actually breaching its obligations under the INF Treaty for years and de facto created the conditions for the production of missiles prohibited by this agreement", Konashenkov said.

Later on Thursday, though, Russia's Defense Ministry called on the U.S.to stick to the INF treaty and destroy the types of weapons that Russian Federation thinks violates it. They have also countered with our systems that are in violation.

Russian Federation demanded the elimination of target missiles similar in their characteristics to medium-range and shorter-range ground-based ballistic missiles.

On February 1, Trump and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the suspension of Washington's obligations under the INF Treaty starting February 2.

On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was also suspending the Treaty. And we continue to show them the intelligence why they are in compliance.

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