Putin Signed a Decree on Suspension of the INF Treaty
OREANDA-NEWS President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the suspension of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. This is stated in the press service of the Kremlin.
In accordance with the decree, participation in the INF TREATY is suspended "until the United States of America has eliminated its violations of its obligations under the Treaty or until its termination".
The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by leaders of the USSR and the USA Michael Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. In early February, Washington suspended its obligations under the DRMSD. Following this, Moscow announced the mirror measures. On February 2, Vladimir Putin approved the creation of ground-based hypersonic missiles and the refinement of the Calibre missile to the ground version. Previously, the Caliber missiles could only be installed on ships due to the restrictions of the INF. Donald trump, in turn, in an address to Congress, announced plans to create a new missile defense system.
NATO countries supported the decision of Donald trump on withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Full approval of Washington's position was expressed by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg during the Munich security conference. "The whole system of control over nuclear weapons is under threat... Russian missiles are able to strike at European cities, including Munich, " he said.
The United States and Russia have repeatedly made mutual claims to each other for the execution of the Treaty. The INF Treaty prohibits the production and deployment of ballistic and cruise land-based missiles with a range of from 500 up to 5,5 thousand km. According to the Pentagon, the conditions of the contract violates the Russian rocket 9M729, which, according to the United States, Russia has experienced a range of more than 500 km from Moscow said that the tests were conducted at a distance of 500 km.
In turn, Russia considers the testing of unmanned aerial vehicles similar in characteristics to banned cruise missiles to be a violation of the INF. Washington also tested ballistic missile targets and began to place In Europe MK 41, which can launch missiles "Tomahawk".