Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Russian Federation asks USA to destroy weapons banned by INF Treaty

Russian Federation asks USA to destroy weapons banned by INF Treaty

Russian Federation reacted to the news that the US will exit the INF Treaty-one of the last barriers preventing a full-on Cold War-like arms race in Europe - and there's already talk of a nuclear doomsday device visiting the U.S.

Russian Federation suspended the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty at the weekend after Washington announced it would withdraw in six months unless Russian Federation ends what it says are violations of the pact, allegations rejected by Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would like to hold talks aimed at creating a new arms control treaty.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the US refusal to negotiate an extension to the New Start treaty signals Washington's intention to let it expire in 2021. The US accused Russian Federation of building prohibited missiles, but said that it may return to the accord if Moscow eliminates the violation within the next 180 days.

We continue to present that intelligence and information to Russian Federation.

"Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't-in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far", Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Moscow denies violating the treaty. "So far, we haven't seen anything except for a proposal to sign such a treaty in a lovely room".

"In response to the United States notification, we sent our notification to the USA embassy on February 4", he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a notification of Moscow's suspension of the INF Treaty to the United States embassy on February 4, he said.

The US was in breach of the INF treaty for years, the Russia's defense ministry told the summoned US diplomat, calling on the US to destroy cruise missile launchpads, target-missiles and attack drones to return to INF compliance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, using binoculars as he inspects the joint Zapad-2017 (West-2017) Russian military exercises with Belarus at the Luzhsky training ground in the Leningrad region on September 18, 2017.

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