Russian and United States officials met to discuss U.S. accusations of Russia’s alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (I.N.F.) signed between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson, said the Russian government is refusing to allow inspections of a new missile system (Reuters). The Russian government denies any treaty violations, and Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, claims the U.S. government failed to consider proposals that would save the treaty. The U.S. administration is expected to initiate the six-months-long procedure to pull out of the I.N.F. on February 2nd (Reuters).
Lavrov claims the Russian government is still willing to negotiate, urging European nations to influence the U.S. to remain in the treaty (France 24). Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Russia’s president, believes the accusation is a pretext for the United States to leave the I.N.F. Federica Mogherini, EU’s Foreign Affairs Chief, claims the treaty has “guaranteed peace and security in European territory for 30 years now,” (BBC). The treaty was signed in 1987 and banned the production, testing and deployment of land-based missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (WP).
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