Representatives of the North Atlantic Alliance stated that Moscow is responsible for the unilateral denunciation of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-range and Shorter-range Missiles (INF) with the USA since, in recent years, Russia has not complied with the terms of the treaty, reports Russian media.
“At the NATO summit in July, the Allies declared that the US was fulfilling the terms of the treaty, while Russia’s actions over many years, has cast a whole range of doubts,” NATO said.
On Sunday, October 21, during his speech in front of his supporters in Nevada, Trump announced that he wants to leave the INF Treaty. “We will not allow anyone to violate the terms of this agreement,” he said. Russia and the United States periodically accuse each other of violating this agreement.
In response to Trump’s words, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is ready to respond to Trump’s threat of withdrawing from the agreement. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained that Russia is prepared to respond if Washington continues to withdraw from agreements and arrangements unilaterally. He added that measures against the U.S. could be "of a military-technical nature."