Gerasimov told about the consequences of US withdrawal from the INF Treaty

© RIA Novosti / Ministry of defence to Opperate in fotobiennale of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces army General Valery Gerasimov. Archival photoGerasimov told about the consequences of US withdrawal from the INF Treaty© RIA Novosti / Ministry of defence to Opperate the image Bank

Countries hosting American missiles of intermediate and short range, will become targets of retaliatory actions of Russia, said Wednesday in a briefing to the military attaches of foreign States, the chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces army General Valery Gerasimov.

«I would like through you to convey to your leaders that if the INF Treaty is destroyed, it will not remain without response on our part. You, as military professionals should understand that not the United States, and countries hosting American complexes with intermediate-range and shorter-range would be targets for retaliation of Russia», — he said.

On Tuesday, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that Washington urges Moscow to return to the implementation of the INF Treaty within two months. According to him, the US will suspend its obligations if the Russian Federation after 60 days will not return to the performance of the contract.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald trump said that the United States intends to withdraw from the INF Treaty, signed in 1987, because, according to him, Russia is violating the agreement. In addition, Washington has indicated that a number of countries possessing missiles and medium-range, primarily China, are not parties to this agreement.

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. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions to the US regarding the performance of the contract by the Americans themselves.

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