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Russia: Moscow urges US to halt arms deployment after INF Treaty withdrawal

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 02, 2019 at 16:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow has asked Washington for a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles, speaking in the Russian capital on Friday after the US had formally withdrawn from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.

"Russia showed utmost responsibility for European and global security, declaring through President Putin's statement a unilateral moratorium for fielding of this type of capabilities," said Ryabkov.

"The US should decide what paths to follow. We propose that would be the path of restraint and responsibility," he added.

The deputy foreign minister stated that efforts should now be focussed on the preservation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

The INF Treaty was originally signed in 1987 by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, to eliminate the US and Soviet stocks of intermediate-range and shorter-range land-based missiles.

The treaty banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 1,000 kilometres (310-620 miles) and those between 1,000-5,500 kilometres (620 miles - 3,417 miles).

Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the agreement. After announcing in February 2019 that it would suspend its participation in the arms control treaty, US formally withdrew from it on August 2.

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Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow has asked Washington for a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles, speaking in the Russian capital on Friday after the US had formally withdrawn from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.

"Russia showed utmost responsibility for European and global security, declaring through President Putin's statement a unilateral moratorium for fielding of this type of capabilities," said Ryabkov.

"The US should decide what paths to follow. We propose that would be the path of restraint and responsibility," he added.

The deputy foreign minister stated that efforts should now be focussed on the preservation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

The INF Treaty was originally signed in 1987 by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, to eliminate the US and Soviet stocks of intermediate-range and shorter-range land-based missiles.

The treaty banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 1,000 kilometres (310-620 miles) and those between 1,000-5,500 kilometres (620 miles - 3,417 miles).

Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the agreement. After announcing in February 2019 that it would suspend its participation in the arms control treaty, US formally withdrew from it on August 2.

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SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister: "Russia showed utmost responsibility for European and global security, declaring through President Putin's statement a unilateral moratorium for fielding of this type of capabilities if and when Russia develops, though until and unless the US does the same any war in the world. So, the choice is in the US hands. The US should decide what paths to follow. We propose that would be the path of restraint and responsibility. What would be the choice of this administration or whoever will be in the White House after the actions next year depends completely and fully on the US side. All offers are made by Russia."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister: "If NATO goes at seas with new deployment, if it goes to the air with new missiles, it will be equally destabilising, but in terms of fielding something on the ground I would say that early warning system of any country doesn't possess a capability to distinguish a nuclear armed missile of that type from the conventional arms. So if NATO says that we only will go conventional, there will be for us no choice but to consider this to be the worst case scenario which is nuclear. This is the logic of deterrence and unfortunately this is a very difficult and dangerous logic of current development in the area of arms control."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister: "The situation as of now turns to the worst once again. We should focus on keeping the rest of the international arms control architecture intact. First and foremost it relates to the so-called new START Treaty limiting the strategic nuclear weapons. With the respect to the INF, our proposal is on the table. NATO should follow Russia's example and declare a unilateral moratorium on deployment of these capabilities of intermediate range and shorter-range [missiles] as they were prohibited by the INF [treaty] until today."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister: "The rest of what has been called 'US-Russian partnership' some years ago, is now being sacrificed because of the demands of some who simply use relations to Russia or with Russia as a tool in a domestic US infighting."

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