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Putin proposes the INF Treaty suspension to the Duma

On the destruction of medium and short-range ballistic missiles. But already Trump wanted to get out of it

According to local press reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented to the State Duma a bill on the suspension, including by Moscow, of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or Washington Treaty), or the agreement on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles (1000-5500 kilometers), signed on  December 8,1987 by the then presidents of the US-Soviet superpowers Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The president of the lower House of Parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, announced it in a press conference. The first reading of the document, he specifies, is already scheduled for next June 18th. If adopted, the law will come into force from the date of publication. The parties then pledged to destroy all the land-based ballistic and cruise missiles present at the time in their arsenal, and not to produce, test and develop other ones in the future. In compliance with the Treaty commitments, the Soviet Union destroyed 1846, the United States 846.

Already last October, however, the current president of the United States Donald Trump announced that Washington would withdraw from the INF Treaty believing that Moscow was not respecting its obligations, without however, the Russian "Ria Novosti" writes it, providing evidence about the violation of the understanding. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia two months to "regain" the terms of the agreement. In particular, the United States insists that Russia abandons the 9M729 missile (SSC-8), whose scope, according to Washington, violates the provisions of the INF.

Moscow replies that they are unfounded accusations, pointing out that the missile was not developed or tested for a short or medium range. Indeed, it in turn accuses Washington, which in its opinion would be deploying on the ground in two military bases in Romania and Poland installations capable of launching Tomahawk-type cruise missiles, prohibited by the agreement. Furthermore, according to Moscow, the United States is also developing attack drone aircraft and financing research for the design of new-generation ground-based cruise missiles.

See also AVIONEWS 1 and 2.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency