The Commerce Department of the US will assume the measures towards the Russian companies that provide the technologies to the developers of the forbidden arms. The department called such measures the intention to change economic plans of the Russian government.
The Commerce Department will 'punish Russian companies that provided the technologies to develop a new arm that is forbidden by the treaty'.
According to the representative of the administration, the aim of the imposing of the new sanctions is to change the economic calculations of the Russian government and to signal Russia that the administration of Trump seriously treats the treaty. The decision to impose the sanctions against Russia was made after the long analysis performed by the National Security Council.
Moreover, the official claimed that the Department of Defense will continue the investigation and development of new nuclear cruise missile in the addition to the new sanctions and as it was stated in the recently approved military budget of the US. He explained that the investigation will include the estimation of the variants of the project of the new land nuclear cruise missile that is allowed due to the treaty.
Earlier the US Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House of the Representatives approved the allocation of 58 million dollars for the response measures on the violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by Russia.
As we reported earlier Washington explored steps in its military policy in case Russia breaches the Immediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The Immediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) is the 1987 agreement between the U.S. and the USSR. The document was ratified by the U.S. Senate on 27 May 1988 and came into force on 1 June 1988.
The INF Treaty eliminated all nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500–1,000 kilometers (310–620 mi) (short-range) and 1,000–5,500 km (620–3,420 mi) (intermediate-range). The treaty did not cover sea-launched missiles.