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Putin signs order on suspending of compliance with INF Treaty

The order comes into force from the day of its signing
20:03, 4 March 2019

 

 

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
EU Today

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the order on exit from Treaty on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). The press service of Kremlin published the document.

According to the document, the reason for signing the order is the violations by the USA of their duties. Putin ordered to cease the INF Treaty implementation “till the US eliminate their violations or till the treaty comes out of force”.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation instructed to send this message to the USA.

Related: What the death of the INF Treaty means for Kyiv

The order comes into force from the day of its signing.  

Earlier, the United States’ full withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would not cause a new Cold War.

Washington has said it will withdraw fully from the INF in six months unless Moscow ends what it considers violations of the 1987 pact.

Related: If the INF treaty dies, blame Russia

As it was reported earlier, Moscow has the right to react to the suspension of the U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, as the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said.

Russia accused the U.S. of making out a false excuse to leave the treaty which they want to leave anyway so that they could develop new missiles. Russia has also declined the U.S. demand to destroy the new missile it's been working on, Novator 9M279.

Related: Klimkin, Bolton discuss U.S. and Russia's withdrawal from INF Treaty

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