Final exit of the US from the INF
Ryabkov: "America should also take action for its violations, but we are open to dialogue"
Since August 2, the US exit from the "Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty" has become effective and Russia has nevertheless proposed to the United States and other NATO countries the declaration of a moratorium on the use of short missiles and medium range (see AVIONEWS).
On August 5 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Serghei Ryabkov stated that the US would not take any measures to remedy the violations of its commitments by referring to the deployment of Mk-41 carriers for launching cruise missiles. According to the diplomat: "No progress was made either on the missiles launched by the United States to test their air defense system, which are similar in characteristics to intermediate-range ballistic missiles, or on the use of the Pentagon of unmanned combat aircraft (drones), which according to the terms of the treaty are defined as cruise missiles. Moscow and Washington must continue the dialogue about arms control. We are still open to a fair and meaningful confrontation with the United States on issues related to the "INF" Treaty and other issues of strategic stability, based on respect and consideration of mutual interests. Consultations between agencies on arms control must be continued, with particular attention to nuclear weapons. We support any US to calm tensions and solve problems in Persian Gulf".
A note that comes after the US sanctions in Moscow for the Sergei Skripal case, the former double agent in Britain poisoned with his daughter in March 2018 in Salisbury using a nerve compound. In this regard, Ryabkov stated that these measures should be framed "in the context of the American presidential elections of 2020" and therefore for "internal politics" reasons.
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