Maas called on Russia to answer charges of violating the INF Treaty

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobanka Minister of Germany Heiko Maas. Archival photoMaas called on Russia to answer charges of violating the INF Treaty© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas during a telephone conversation with Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov urged the Russian Federation to answer charges of alleged violation of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), is reported in Twitter of the foreign Ministry of Germany.

«The INF Treaty is fundamental to our security. During a telephone conversation with Sergey Lavrov, foreign Minister Heiko Maas has urged Russia to contribute to the preservation of the contract. To do this, Moscow needs to refute the allegations of breach of contract», — stated in the message.

Earlier, the President of the United States Donald trump announced that the United States does not intend to comply with the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range when it breaks, and will be released from the contract. The US President, commenting on the withdrawal from the INF Treaty, also said that Washington will develop weapons. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow wants to obtain a more detailed explanation from the United States, and added that the scrapping of the provisions of the INF Treaty would force Russia to take measures to ensure their safety. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any action in this field will meet.

In recent years Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating the INF Treaty. Russia has repeatedly stated that strictly complies with its obligations under the contract. 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.