US and Russia officially withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles


From August 2, the United States terminates the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles concluded in 1987 with the Soviet Union.  This was announced on Twitter by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the termination of the treaty.

“On February 2, 2019, the United States gave Russia six months to return to compliance with the terms of the INF Treaty.  Russia refused, so the contract ends today.  The United States will not remain party to the treaty when others violate it.  Responsibility for this lies with Russia, ”wrote Pompeo.

In early July, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the INF Treaty, the draft of which he personally submitted to the State Duma in May 2018.

Trump announced the beginning of the US withdrawal from the treaty in early February.  He warned that Russia has six months to destroy its missiles, installations and other objects under the terms of the document.  At the same time, the American president clarified that he wants to conclude with Russia a new arms control treaty, better than the previous one.

The next day, Putin suspended participation in the treaty of Russia.  The parties exchanged mutual claims of non-compliance with the terms of the document, while not recognizing their guilt.

The agreement on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles, US President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General of the CPSU Central Committee, Mikhail Gorbachev, were signed in 1987 in Washington.  It came into force next year.

The document provides that both parties are liquidating their complexes of ballistic and cruise missiles of medium and shorter range, launchers.  The states also promised never to produce, test or deploy such missiles again.  By 1991, the Soviet Union eliminated almost two thousand missile systems, the United States – more than 840.


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