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U.S to begin withdrawal from INF Treaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia and America could not succeed in the consultations in Geneva
15:41, 17 January 2019

Russia Today

The United State will begin the process of the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on February 2 after refusal to inspect new missile of Russia, which was accused of the violation of the treaty as The Guardian reported.

Deputy State Secretary Andrea Thompson confirmed this information and explained that the consultations between Russia and the U.S., which took place in Geneva, have failed and could not solve the situation.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow was ready for inspection of the missile suspect in the violation of the INF Treaty and the U.S. did not do it.

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“However, US representatives arrived with a prepared position that was based on an ultimatum and centred on a demand for us to destroy this rocket, its launchers, and all related equipment under US supervision,” Lavrov said.

Meanwhile, Andrea Tompson emphasized that America asked Russia for the transparency in the missile issue for a long time and Russia’s readiness for inspection was not enough to settle the conflict.

 “We explained to our Russian counterparts specifically what they would need to do in order to return to compliance in a manner that we can confirm, verifiable destruction of the non-compliant system,” Thompson said.

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“To see the missile does not confirm that distance that missile can travel, and at the end of the day that’s the violation of the treaty,” Thompson claimed.

It is also emphasized that Trump’s administration will need about six-month to finish the withdrawal and the U.S. will give a notice of the end of this process, possibly, on August 2. It means that the restriction for the use of medium-range missiles in Europe and the Pacific will not exist anymore and America will be able to produce missile with 500-5,000 km range.

In October 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed to reporters that he would pull the US out the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), since Russia transgressed it.

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The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary General of Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and President of the USA Ronald Reagan.  

The treaty prohibits the sides from manufacturing ballistic and cruise nuclear ground-based missiles with a range from 500 to 5500 km, as well as their testing and deployment. 

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