The sticking point in the issue of preserving the INF Treaty remains the Russian cruise missile 9M729, the Department of state said. Moscow is obliged to destroy missiles of this type, or modify them, writes RBC.
Russia must destroy its cruise missiles 9M729 or modify them to comply with the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, said us under Secretary of state for arms control and international security Andrea Thompson during a briefing with journalists. This will convince the United States that Moscow is complying with the provisions of the Treaty.
“Either you get rid of the system itself, get rid of the launcher, or modify the system so that it does not violate the range conditions,” Thompson said.
The cruise missile 9M729 (SSC-8) in the West has been repeatedly called a violating INF, although Moscow claims that it complies with the terms of the Treaty. The INF Treaty restricts the production, use and storage of ground-based ballistic missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 km) and short (500 to 1,000 km) range. According to Washington, Moscow has experienced 9М729 at the range, violating the prohibited range.
Rocket 9М729 is a modification of missiles R-500 (9М728), which used a rocket complex “Iskander-M”. The range R- 500, according to the defense of Ministry in 2007, is up to 280 km. In 2017, The New York Times wrote that Russia has started the deployment of missiles of this type in violation of the Treaty of 1987.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the existence of such a missile violates the INF TREATY. “After many years of denial, Russia has recently recognized about the existence of a new missile system called 9M729. Russia has not given any reliable answers to this new missile. All allies agree that the most likely assessment would be that Russia violates the Treaty,” he said in October. of such a missile violates the INF TREATY. “After many years of denial, Russia has recently recognized the existence of a new missile system called 9M729. Russia has not given any reliable answers to this new missile. All allies agree that the most likely assessment would be that Russia violates the Treaty,” he said in October.
At the end of October, Russia gave Washington all the data about tests of the missile 9M729 to convince the US that it did not violate the terms of the Treaty.
On October 20, the US President Donald Trump said that his country would withdraw from the INF TREATY, as Russia, according to Washington, violates the Treaty because of the developed ground-based cruise missile 9M729 for the Iskander complex.