National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton claimed that the U.S. is not planning to deploy missiles in Europe that are prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) - at least not in the near future, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
‘The United States is not intended to place prohibited by the INF missiles in Europe in the short term,’ he claimed this to reporters in Paris.
According to him, this matter is classified as a global strategy of both the USA and NATO. Washington is closely consulting with the allies on this issue, hoping for coordination of positions.
Bolton accused Russia of having violated the provisions of the Treaty. At the same time, he noted that a number of countries, including China, Iran, Pakistan, India and North Korea also have the missiles banned by the INF Treaty.
Earlier, U.S. leader Donald Trump talked to reporters amd claimed that the USA leaves the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia transgressed its rules and didn’t provide the respective report.
The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The agreement prohibits manufacturing of ground-based ballistic and cruise nuclear missiles with the effective flight range from 500 to 5,500 km, as well as their testing and deployment.