US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers said that the United States will withdraw from the INF Treaty if Russia does not begin to fulfill its obligations under the treaty within 60 days. He stressed that If Russia does not respond to this, then the United States will no longer consider itself bound by this agreement.
Michael Pompeo said in Brussels that the United States will no longer be bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missile (INF) Treaty, if Moscow does not introduce a new system that threatens to trigger an arms race. The US and NATO say the Russian system 9M729, also known as SSC-8, violates the INF Treaty, which bans land-based missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500 kilometers.
The termination plan is scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders have persuaded the President to postpone action, allow for additional consultations with the allies, and try to put pressure on the Kremlin for the last time to comply with the treaty. The diplomats and officials discussed said.
On Saturday, Merkel’s last effort during a meeting with Trump in Buenos Aires was met with the president’s national security adviser John Bolton’s determination to withdraw from this landmark agreement.
NATO member countries also acknowledged that Russia is violating the treaty on medium and shorter-range missiles (INF) and blamed it for maintaining Moscow Formerly, only the United States accused Russia of violating the INF.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced the termination of the agreement with the Russian Federation on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles. But he allowed the re-conclusion of the contract with the Russian Federation and China.
Presidential adviser on national security, John Bolton, said that the revision of the INF Treaty required negotiations of all interested countries. Including the participation of North Korea and China, which also produce medium-range missiles and cruise missiles.
At the same time, the members in the meeting confirmed that they are ‘open to dialogue’ with Moscow. As per the participants, to them, the alliance is still ‘striving for constructive relations’ with Russia, when its actions ‘make it possible.
Russian Foreign ministry spokesperson Zaharowa said that the Russian side repeatedly stated that this(the accusation that Russia is in breach of the treaty) is a speculation if we put it in a calm way. We have not presented any evidence that will support the position after all. He further added that there is no basis for criticism by the US government that the Russian government is not implementing the INFdisarmament treaty, and no evidence was provided by the US side
In 1987, the leaders of USA and USSR have signed the document. Under the terms of the document, the parties we put to produce, use and store ground-based ballistic missiles of short(from 500 to 1 thousand kilometers) and medium (from 1 thousand to 5.5 the position). It has been the backbone of the European security architecture itself bound than three decades, but the Trump administration says it puts the UnitedStates at a military disadvantage against China, and China is not bound by the treaty.
In most parts of the West, the INF treaty was a watershed in arms control during the Cold War, eliminating more than 2,600 missiles and ending years of confrontation between European nuclear missiles in Eastern Europe.
Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the treaty raises fears that when the nuclear missile threat across the African continent hits the target within minutes, it will resume tensions in the cold war.