In the Federation Council commented on the statement of Mike Pompeo on the INF Treaty

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The Chairman of Committee of Federation Council on the international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev called a rude ultimatum, the statement of US state Secretary Mike Pompeo on the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).

Pompeo previously 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.

«Call Secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Russia in the next 60 days to return to the implementation of the INF Treaty is not an invitation to discuss ways to save it. This is a rude ultimatum, which the United States has charged only one purpose: to show the world and its allies that, well, they didn’t bring down a vital pillar of international security, as, say, Russia refused to abide by it, although she was given the chance,» Kosachev wrote in Facebook.

The Senator also noted that this is also evidenced by the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said that «Russia has one last chance to return to the implementation of the INF Treaty», but the Alliance will also prepare for the possibility of his possible termination.

«I can only sympathize with the Europeans that they so easily and thoughtlessly give much more important for them than for the United States, the INF Treaty at the mercy of the Americans, who are now ready to bring down many of the most important agreements of previous years. Today’s statements by the U.S. and NATO — it is an outright shame of Europe», — said Kosachev.

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. 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 state Department also repeated the main claims to Russia. Allegedly, Russia has developed and tested a missile, the SSC-8 (or 9М729 classification of the Russian Federation). This land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, which are banned by the INF Treaty. The U.S. claim that passed to the Russian side information about the locations of the missile tests and the companies associated with its production.

Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier that Russia had notified the United States that the missile 9М729, which was a concern, not tested on a range prohibited by the INF Treaty. He noted that Moscow has in good faith informed the American side real time frame «test activities» against missiles 9М729, gave explanations on misconceptions of Washington about the types of launchers, which carried out the tests, although such transparency and is not required by the INF Treaty.

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. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has not yet received official notification from Washington about withdrawal from the Treaty. According to him, if this happen, Russia would consider such a move a «big omission».

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