MOSCOW – A new law presented by the Russian president grants him the right to decide on the renewal of the Treaty on Medium and Short Range Missiles, known as the INF treaty.
The President of Russia , Vladimir Putin , presented Thursday to the State Duma (lower house of parliament) a bill on the suspension of the Treaty on Medium and Short Range Missiles.
“Within an hour, the Council of the State Duma will discuss this bill and determine the deadlines for its consideration,” announced House Speaker Viacheslav Volodin.
The bill introduced by Putin grants the Russian head of state the right to decide on the renewal of the missile treaty.
The Treaty on Medium and Short Range Missiles (INF) was signed in 1987 by Washington and Moscow. USA decided to unilaterally abandon the treaty last February.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned Washington in March of “the most serious consequences” for its security and global stability will mean its withdrawal from the INF Treaty, as it could lead to the start of “an arms race in several regions of the world.”
On February 2nd, the US suspended its obligations under the treaty, alleging its vulnerability after accusing Russia of the secret development of a missile system that threatens US security and its allies.
Putin decided to respond with the suspension of Russia’s part of the treaty, until the United States returns to fulfill its obligations, in addition to demanding evidence of the accusations that the American president made.
The President signed an executive order suspending Russia’s compliance with the INF Treaty
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) March 4, 2019