Moscow, Feb 20: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the United States was not sincere about why it wanted to end the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
"Our US partners should have been honest about it instead of using thought-up accusations to justify their unilateral exit from the treaty. They should have done it the same way they quit the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2004 when they simply pulled out, openly and honestly," he said.
Putin, who was delivering an annual address to the Federal Assembly, said that many countries had gone on to build new missiles since the INF was signed in 1987, while Moscow and Washington remained true to their commitments, Sputnik reported.
But now that the United States has violated the treaty, Putin added, it is "looking for a pretext and pointing the finger" at others, while its "satellite states" have mobilized to defend Washington’s actions. (UNI)