The United States will cease to follow the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles (INF) on February 2.
This date was called by the Deputy Secretary of state for arms control and international security Andrea Thompson at a briefing in Brussels, held at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance, writes DW.
On January 15, talks between Russia and the United States on the INF Treaty were held in Geneva. The statements of the parties on the results of the negotiations show that the dialogue does not yet bring positive results.
In October last year, the US President Donald Trump said that America can withdraw from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles and shorter-range, as the situation when Russia and China violate the INF TREATY, and the US comply with its conditions, “unacceptable”.
Recall, the document was signed by General Secretary of the CPSU Mikhail Gorbachev and the US President Ronald Reagan on December 8, 1987 (entered into force on June 1, 1988).
This agreement made it possible to eliminate a whole class of weapons: the parties undertook to destroy all complexes of ballistic and cruise missiles of ground-based medium (1000-5500 km) and small (500 to 1 thousand km) range, as well as not to produce, test and deploy such missiles in the future.