On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will suspend its compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within 60 days “unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance”.
“Indeed, we have seen statements from various sides, a statement from the NATO leadership, the North Atlantic Alliance. Certainly, it’s about escalating the situation, it’s largely about manipulating the facts to camouflage the true goals to get the United States of America out of the INF Treaty”, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday.
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The statement comes amid recent clashes on the issue between Moscow and Washington because the US decided to suspend its compliance, claiming that Russia was “in material breach of the treaty”. Moscow, in turn, has denied those accusations, stressing the US itself is undermining the agreement.
The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by the then head of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and then US President Ronald Reagan. The leaders agreed to destroy all cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310 and 3,400 miles).
Nord Stream-2 Politicization Risks
Peskov also addressed the political issues around the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project.
“The risks associated with the politicization of the Nord…