Contents tagged with INF Treaty

  • Russian Foreign Minister warns the US against putting missile defense systems in space

    If the US places anti-missile defense systems in space, it will lead to a new arms race, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting between the foreign ministers of the BRICS countries, TASS reports.

    “A long time ago, Russia, in conjunction with China, presented a draft treaty on the prevention of weapons being placed in space at the disarmament conference in Geneva,” he noted.

    According to the minister, several countries’ increased military budgets and the disintegration of the …

  • Russia officially withdraws from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    On Wednesday, July 3, Russia officially withdrew from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that makes it the president’s prerogative to decide whether to resume participation in the agreement. The law was passed by Russia’s State Duma on 18 June and ratified by the Federation Council on 26 June.

    The INF treaty was signed by the US and USSR in 1987, and sought to eliminate an entire class of missiles. The document prohibits the …

  • NATO states agree to respond if Russia abandons missile treaty

    “NATO will continue to urge Russia to return to full and verifiable compliance with the INF Treaty,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after a recent alliance meeting. “But we must also prepare for a situation without the INF, and today the defense ministers of alliance countries have agreed that NATO will respond if Russia does not return to compliance,” he continued.

    According to the secretary general, the member countries have agreed to maintain a “considered and defensive …

  • Putin demands breakthrough defense technologies following US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    On Monday 13 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a new series of meetings on the defense industry. During his opening address, he stressed the need to develop new weapons systems based on “breakthrough technologies”, RBC reports.

    “We must take into account the change in the military and political situation in the world, which is negatively affecting regional and global security. I’m referring primarily, of course, to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) …

  • US to start producing components for missiles prohibited by Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The US intends to start producing components for ground-based cruise missiles after it withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced US Defense Spokesperson Michelle Baldanza on Monday, 11 March.

    Previously the US could not engage in such production due to its obligations under the INF Treaty, the Pentagon spokesperson added. She noted that the components will be produced as part of a research program, which could be canceled “if Russia returns to full and …

  • Poroshenko announces new Ukrainian missile program following collapse of Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Following the withdrawal of Russia and the US from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Ukraine intends to develop new missile weaponry, announced Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a session of the Cherkasy regional development council, Ukrinform reports.

    “Russia has de facto violated the INF Treaty, and the US has legally withdrawn from it, and we have also been relieved of certain obligations which we complied with previously. We are no longer bound by any restrictions …

  • Putin urges Russian Security Services to search for foreign spies every day

    The operational situation around Russia is changing for the worse, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech to the board of Russia’s Federal Security Service. There is a continued expansion of NATO military infrastructure close to the border, the US is withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and foreign intelligence has ramped up its activity, he noted.

    According to Putin, foreign intelligence agencies are “trying to influence processes” in Russia, and “ …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine has no restrictions to create long-range ballistic missiles

    At the National Security and Defense Council's meeting, Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko  announced that Ukraine no longer has an obligation to refrain from developing powerful long-range missile systems.

    Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine welcomes the United States' decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty, formally Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range …

  • Putin suspends Russia’s participation in Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles Treaty

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles Treaty (INF), which was signed between Ronald Raegan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, reads the statement on the Kremlin’s website.

    According to the decree text, the decision was made because of “the United States violation of its obligations under the contract." The Russian Foreign Ministry will have to officially notify the United States and the …

  • President of Belarus threatens joint response with Russia if the USA deploys missiles in Europe

    Belarus may employ reciprocal measures together with Russia if the USA deploys missiles in Europe in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated, BelTA reports. 

    “I am afraid that the Americans will grab the fleeting opportunity to deploy the missiles in Europe after breaking the treaty. If they do, things will turn nasty for us. And together with Russia we will have to think about reciprocal measures. It is unavoidable if …