Russia will take into account in military planning, the steps the United States under the INF Treaty

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Russia will take into account in military planning for a possible hostile actions of the USA in the context of the implementation of the Treaty banning intermediate-range missiles (INF Treaty), said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department of foreign Affairs on non-proliferation and arms control (DNCW) Vladimir Leontiev.

Previously to the publication Politico, citing several lawmakers reported that the US administration estimates received from Congress a proposal for the country’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty.

«We’ve been through a similar scenario with the so-called euromissiles crisis. And it seems that the US is now aktiviziruyutsya forces which would once again like to go this route. It would, of course, a very dangerous idea», — said Leontiev.

According to him, «it could lead to really big trouble, not only for Europe but for America itself. «So I would hope that reason will prevail and that the American policy will not be stepping on the same rake, which had the opportunity to learn about their predecessors,» he said.

Answering the question whether Moscow to take into account emerging threats in the defense planning, Leontyev said: «I Think so». Thus, according to him, it may well be that the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty will cause an arms race. «It may be, because when one side tries to upset the balance in their favor, taking steps for its restoration,» said he, answering the relevant question.

The INF Treaty prohibits parties from possessing ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with a range of from 500 to 5.5 thousand kilometers. Russia and the United States periodically put forward mutual accusations of violating INF Treaty, signed in 1987.

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