US ready to use military measures against Russia – State Department


December 8, 2017 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The United States will begin to take economic and military measures if Russia does not stop violating the INF Treaty on medium and shorter-range missiles.

This was reported by the US State Department, a formidable statement on the 30th anniversary of the signing of this treaty.

The US foreign policy department informed the world community that it would “try to convince Moscow to comply with the Treaty.” Along with diplomatic measures, Washington is ready to use economic and military measures against Russia. What happened in reality as it pertains to the adherence to the Treaty is of course, the opposite. 

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In response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the accusations of violating the Treaty are unfounded and do not deserve attention.

He recalled that when the treaty was concluded, the USSR had only land-based missiles, then, as in the arsenal of the United States, there are now also air and sea-based missiles.

“Therefore, by signing an agreement on the banning and destruction of such land-based missiles, we, of course, seriously disarmed ourselves,” Lavrov explained, stressing that since then, sea and air-based missiles are not prohibited by the treaty .

The United States first accused Russia of violations in July 2014. In response, Moscow expressed counterclaims to Washington.

The treaty on medium-range and shorter-range missiles was signed on December 8, 1987, and entered into force on June 1, 1988. In total, the USSR destroyed 1,846 missiles, the United States – 846.

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