The head of the Pentagon promised to discuss the INF with the NATO countries

© AP Photo / Jacquelyn MartinГлава Pentagon James Mattis. Archival photoThe head of the Pentagon promised to discuss the INF with the NATO countries© AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin

Pentagon chief James Mattis said that in the course of the visit to Europe will ask the opinion of NATO allies about what they think about the future of the Treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF), then this was taken into account when making decisions in Washington.

«One of the reasons I’m here.. that I wanted to get advice from NATO about what we should do with the contract which was signed by the two countries, in which one of them lives – we, US, and Russia – no,» he said at a press conference in Paris, the transcript of which the Pentagon has circulated on Wednesday.

According to Mattis, it cannot predict the fate of the Treaty.

«This is a decision that should be taken by the President. But I can tell you that on Capitol hill and at the state Department there is great concern about this situation. I’ll be back with the advice of our allies and take part in discussions about where to move on,» added Mattis.

In recent years Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating the INF Treaty. In the us Congress even were calls to develop a bill that directly accused Russia in violation of this document will lay the groundwork for U.S. withdrawal from it in the same scheme by which Washington withdrew from the ABM Treaty. Russia has repeatedly stated that strictly complies with its obligations under the INF Treaty. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions to the US regarding the performance of the contract by the Americans themselves.

In particular, in Moscow indicate that the United States placed on land at a military base in Romania, and in Poland — a facility capable of launching a shock cruise missiles of type «Tomahawk», which is prohibited by the Treaty. The Russian side also drew attention to the fact that the United States develop unmanned fighting vehicles, funding research on creation of cruise missiles, land-based.

The Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles was signed on 8 December 1987 during the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington. For the first time got laid the whole class of missile with a strike range of 500 to 1000 and from 1000 to 5500 kilometers, including rockets R-12 and R-14, that the Soviet Union in 1962 has placed on Cuba, provoked the Caribbean crisis.

In may 1991, the contract was fully performed by the time the Soviet Union destroyed 1752 ballistic and cruise missiles, ground-based, USA — 859. The document is of unlimited duration. In addition, each of the parties is entitled to terminate it by presenting compelling evidence of the need out of it.

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