Complete destruction of Russia’s 9M729 missiles will resolve INF violation: White House

Complete destruction of Russia’s 9M729 missiles will resolve INF violation: White House

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Washington, Feb 3 : The United States has informed Russia, about conditions for restart of talks on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces(INF) Treaty.

"Only the complete and verifiable destruction of Russia’s 9M729 missiles, launchers, and associated equipment will resolve Russia’s violation," an official from the National Security Council of the White House told TASS on Saturday about Washington’s readiness to initiate a new dialogue on the agreement.

Commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that Moscow would stay ready to talks on the INF Treaty in case the US became "mature enough," the official said, "We have provided Russia, in writing, specific steps it could take to return to compliance and save the INF Treaty."

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that Moscow would suspend the Cold War-era treaty.

He ordered to stop attempts to initiate talks on the INF Treaty until the American partners "are not mature enough." Putin pointed out that Moscow’s proposals in that field were on the table, as before, while the doors remain open to negotiations.

Later on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Washington had officially informed Moscow of suspending the INF Treaty and the start of withdrawal procedure in a notice from the US Department of State.

On February 1, US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington would suspend its liabilities under the INF Treaty starting February 2 and would quit it within six months if Russia did not come into compliance with the agreement.(UNI)