Russia reserves action to US withdrawal from INF Treaty

Russia reserves action to US withdrawal from INF Treaty

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Moscow, Feb 2: Russia reserves the right to take measures in response to the United States withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

According to TASS, Zakharova said in an interview, "Moscow reserves the right to a corresponding reactions and response measures (following the US’ withdrawal from the INF Treaty). Naturally, it will be done."

"As a matter of fact it is only a part of America’s general concept of breaking down and abandoning a great number of international agreements," she said.

Zakharova further said, "So, it is not about Russia’s guilt of violating this treaty, it is not about China or any other factor of international security. It is about the United States’ strategy of waiving international liabilities in various spheres."

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier on Friday that starting from February 2 Washington was suspending its liabilities under the INF Treaty and would quit it in six months, if Russia fails to comply with its demands.

The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and Soviet Union in 1987, bans all ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles.

The US accused Russia of violating the treaty for the first time in July 2014. Since then, Washington has been repeating its claims on many occasions, while Moscow has been rejecting them and advancing counter-claims concerning the implementation of the treaty by the US side.

US President Donald Trump said on October 20 that Washington would withdraw from the INF Treaty because Russia was violating the terms of the agreement. (UNI)