Contents tagged with INF Treaty

  • Russia promises to respond to US withdrawal from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that Russia reserves the right to respond to the United States withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    She did not specify what exact measures could be taken.

    Earlier, on February 1, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in support of the deal. She said that Germany "will do everything possible" to maintain the contract, writes Deutsche Welle. According to Merkel, it is necessary to …

  • Russia accuses US of escalating risk of nuclear conflict

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that there will be a greater risk of nuclear conflict if the US begins to produce W76-2 warheads.

    “This topic was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policy in the nuclear sphere. Then, already, we expressed serious concern about the fact that developing such low-capacity munitions lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, and, of course, increases the risk of a nuclear conflict. As we understand, this provision has been …

  • Russia shows the contentious missile which US believes violates the INF Treaty

    On Wednesday, Russian authorities showed military attaches and journalists accredited in the Russian Federation the new missile system, which, according to the United States, violates the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty concluded during the Cold War. With the presentation of the missile system, Moscow made another attempt to refute accusations and prevent the withdrawal of Washington from the treaty. 

    Washington threatens Russia to withdraw from the INF Treaty, stressing …

  • German Foreign Minister to fly to Moscow and Kyiv for talks

    On Friday 18 January, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will travel to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, and then to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Deutsche Welle reports.

    In Kyiv, the ministers will discuss the situation in the Donbas and the progress of reforms in Ukraine. No other details of Maas’s visit to Ukraine were given.

    In Moscow, the central topic of the negotiations will be the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces …

  • US to withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in early February

    On February 2, after a six-month period, the United States will eventually withdraw from the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) Treaty, DW reported.

    In early December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia 60 days to return to the implementation of the INF Treaty. This period expires on February 2.

    US Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison clarified that a six-month period will begin on February 2, during which the United States will remain a party to …

  • Washington: negotiations on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia failed

    The closed negotiations between Russia and the US on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty have ended inconclusively.

    The American delegation is “disappointed” with the results of the meeting, which was held in Geneva on Tuesday, said US Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson.

    According to her, the results of the negotiations – the first since the US threatened to withdraw from the INF Treaty - “have clearly shown” that Russia is still “in material breach of the treaty”, which …

  • Kremlin: Russia showing 'goodwill' by discussing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with US

    Russia is demonstrating “goodwill” by going to the negotiating table with the US on the missile issue, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov ahead of the consultations with the US in Geneva, TASS reports. 

    The deputy foreign minister stated that Russia is “by no means more interested than the US” in furthering the dialog. “Under conditions in which they have tried and continue to issue all kinds of ultimatums, preconditions and demands, we are demonstrating significant goodwill. …

  • Germany calls on Russia to take a prohibited cruise missile out of service

    To maintain the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Moscow should take out of service the cruise missile that violates agreements with the USA, stated German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Welt reports. 

    "Moscow has the key to maintaining the INF Treaty. If Russia wants to maintain the treaty, it should disarm so that it could be checked,” Maas said and added that "Russia violated the treaty by developing and putting a prohibited cruise missile [9M729 missile] into service." 

    Maas …

  • NATO Secretary General gives Russia last chance to comply with Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his hope that Russia will return to complying with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Stoltenberg said in an interview with the German dpa agency.

     “The important thing is that Russia now has a last chance. If Russia does not come back into compliance, well, then we have a big problem,” said the secretary general of the alliance.

     “There are no new US missiles in Europe, but there are new Russian missiles, and that's what puts …

  • Russia threatens to retaliate if US deploys missiles in Europe

    Russia will respond if the US deploys nuclear missiles which are prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe, warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by Interfax. 

    Lavrov said he “regrets European countries’ refusal to support the preservation of the treaty”. 

    “Our European colleagues… are not yet ready and follow the US even in cases where it clearly goes against their own interests,” he remarked. 

    “All of the EU voted against our proposal [ …