The defense Ministry of Belarus assessed the effects of a possible US withdrawal from the INF Treaty

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotomancer of defense of Belarus Andrei Ravkov. Archival photoThe defense Ministry of Belarus assessed the effects of a possible US withdrawal from the INF Treaty© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Possible US withdrawal from the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) will entail a «very different outcome», said RIA Novosti head of the Ministry of defense of Belarus Andrei Ravkov.

«I think that out of these agreements will lead to… an increase in tension in terms of the arms race. This is my personal opinion. It is the unbridled development of intermediate-range and, of course, the unlimited increasing of their quantity. The outcome can be very different,» said Still.

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. Trump said that America will increase its nuclear capacity until then while the rest of us «don’t come around», and after Washington will be ready to stop this process and even to proceed to arms reduction. He explained that this message is addressed primarily to China and Russia.

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.

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