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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of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles, speaking in the Russian capital on Friday after the US had formally withdrawn from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.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of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles, speaking in the Russian capital on Friday after the US had formally withdrawn from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.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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