Contents tagged with INF Treaty

  • Washington: negotiations on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia failed

    The closed negotiations between Russia and the US on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty have ended inconclusively.

    The American delegation is “disappointed” with the results of the meeting, which was held in Geneva on Tuesday, said US Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson.

    According to her, the results of the negotiations – the first since the US threatened to withdraw from the INF Treaty - “have clearly shown” that Russia is still “in material breach of the treaty”, which …

  • Kremlin: Russia showing 'goodwill' by discussing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with US

    Russia is demonstrating “goodwill” by going to the negotiating table with the US on the missile issue, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov ahead of the consultations with the US in Geneva, TASS reports. 

    The deputy foreign minister stated that Russia is “by no means more interested than the US” in furthering the dialog. “Under conditions in which they have tried and continue to issue all kinds of ultimatums, preconditions and demands, we are demonstrating significant goodwill. …

  • Germany calls on Russia to take a prohibited cruise missile out of service

    To maintain the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Moscow should take out of service the cruise missile that violates agreements with the USA, stated German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Welt reports. 

    "Moscow has the key to maintaining the INF Treaty. If Russia wants to maintain the treaty, it should disarm so that it could be checked,” Maas said and added that "Russia violated the treaty by developing and putting a prohibited cruise missile [9M729 missile] into service." 

    Maas …

  • NATO Secretary General gives Russia last chance to comply with Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his hope that Russia will return to complying with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Stoltenberg said in an interview with the German dpa agency.

     “The important thing is that Russia now has a last chance. If Russia does not come back into compliance, well, then we have a big problem,” said the secretary general of the alliance.

     “There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, and that's what puts …

  • Russia threatens to retaliate if US deploys missiles in Europe

    Russia will respond if the US deploys nuclear missiles which are prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe, warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by Interfax. 

    Lavrov said he “regrets European countries’ refusal to support the preservation of the treaty”. 

    “Our European colleagues… are not yet ready and follow the US even in cases where it clearly goes against their own interests,” he remarked. 

    “All of the EU voted against our proposal [ …

  • Russia warns of a global conflict if US withdraws from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty 

    On December 21, the UN General Assembly did not approve the Russian resolution  aimed at preserving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). 43 states voted for the adoption of the document, 46 were against, and 78 countries did not take part in the voting. 

    On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the withdrawal of the United States from the INF treaty can lead to a new arms race and direct confrontation in different parts of the world.

     “The results of voting in …

  • Kremlin: Russia will target US missiles in Europe

    During the Big Game program on Channel One, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke about the possible consequences of the withdrawal of the United States from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF).

    “The thing is that the withdrawal from the INF Treaty may potentially entail the deployment of short-and medium-range missiles in Europe, as was during the Cold War. The deployment of those missiles there and the possibility of them being aimed at Russia …

  • Putin speaks about threat of nuclear war

    The international arms deterrence system is on the verge of collapse, and this will lead the world to the “danger line” of a nuclear catastrophe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an annual press conference on Thursday.

    In 2002, the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which had previously restricted the production of defense systems against nuclear missiles.

    In response, Moscow “has been forced to respond by creating new weaponry systems” capable of bypassing the anti- …

  • NATO gives Russia one last chance to implement Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg stated in an interview with Postimees that the Alliance is giving Russia one last chance to start implementing the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF.

    “We have given Russia one last opportunity to start to implement the treaty… within 60 days. If they do not do this, the USA will withdraw from the treaty, as they clearly stated,” the Secretary General said. He noted that if that happens, …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not have to demonstrate its 9M729 missile to the US to preserve Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The elimination of weapons prohibited within the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) had been completed in 2000, said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov  in the interview with Kommersant.

    According to Ryabkov, the United States tried to get rid of certain restrictions of the treaty that they deemed unfavorable for them, and that Russia believes that Washington intends to withdraw from the INF Treaty at any cost. When asked, why Moscow did not simply demonstrate the 9 …