The attempts of the USA to terminate the treaty on the elimination of their intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles will receive an immediate tit-for-tat response, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov during his interview to “Kommersant”.
This is Moscow’s reaction to the news from Washington that they are considering building an intermediate-range missile system. The USA also has an explanation for its actions, as they justify that Russian has not been adhering to the INF Treaty. However, Moscow deems these claims completely groundless.
‘We support maintaining the treaty, however it requires a more responsible approach from the US side,’ Ryabkov stated.
Note that today marks 30 years since the treaty was signed. It includes land-based deployed and non-deployed missiles with a range from 500 to 5.5 thousand kilometers. The USSR and later post-soviet countries, including Russia, destroyed 1,846 missiles. US counts twice less.