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Ukraine's Foreign Minister regards U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty reasonable

Pavlo Klimkin explained that Russia has destroyed the control system over the weapons
12:15, 6 March 2019

MFA of Ukraine

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Treaty between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the elimination of their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) is reasonable.

“I consider the decision of the U.S. to withdraw from the INF Treaty rather reasonable, it complies with the current security situation on the European continent and in the world,” he wrote on Facebook.

The Minister explained it with regular violations of the treaty terms by the Russian side.

Related: Putin signs order on suspending of compliance with INF Treaty

“Along with the U.S., we have stated that the development and testing of the RS-26 Rubezh (Russia-produced intercontinental ballistic missile, - ed.) on a range around 2200 km and expansion of the capabilities of 9K720 Iskander ballistic missile system contradicts the treaty,” Klimkin wrote. 

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: U.S. to officially state withdrawal from INF Treaty on February 2

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