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Russia's withdrawal from INF Treaty: Ukrainian MFA intends to intensify dialogue with NATO

The department noted that for 30 years, this treaty has been one of the main elements of strategic stability and security in the world
16:57, 3 August 2019
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announces its intention to intensify dialogue with NATO. The main purpose is to discuss possible ways to strengthen the defense capability of the entire eastern flank of the Alliance. Such a statement appeared against the backdrop of the termination of the Treaty between the United States and Russia on the elimination of their intermediate and shorter-range missiles, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.

"Ukraine is disappointed with the termination of the Treaty between the USSR and the USA on the elimination of their intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) because of the situation that Russia has created around it and they understand the forced actions of the United States," the statement said.

The department noted that for 30 years this Treaty has been one of the main elements of strategic stability and security in the world.

“Formally, not being a party to the INF Treaty, Ukraine has steadily adhered to it throughout its entire existence. In 1988-1991, all ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles of smaller (from 500 to 1000 kilometers) and medium range (from 1000 to 5500 kilometers), as well as 25 objects associated with them were liquidated, ”the Foreign Ministry noted.
 
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They added that Ukraine, together with the United States, condemned the development and testing by Russia of the RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile at a range of about 2200 km, as well as the expansion of the combat characteristics of the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system.

"Ukraine is particularly concerned about the information that Russia has developed and deployed a medium-range nuclear missile system, in the coverage area of ​​which are some European capitals, as well as about the conduct of military exercises in occupied Crimea in March 2019 using the Iskander-M complex ", emphasized the department.

Thus, in response to the aggressive actions of Russia and taking into account the termination of the INF Treaty, Ukraine decided to intensify the dialogue with NATO to discuss possible ways to strengthen the defense capability of the entire eastern flank of the Alliance.

Earlier it was reported that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, focused on the need to maintain an agreement on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles.

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