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There is no answer: NATO does not agree to a “voluntary moratorium” on INF

Russia has invited NATO member countries to join a voluntary moratorium on the deployment. There is no answer: NATO does not agree to a “voluntary moratorium” on INF

There is no answer: NATO does not agree to a “voluntary moratorium” on INF

Russia has invited NATO member countries to join a voluntary moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles, but has not yet received a positive response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The need for this moratorium is due to recently conducted Washington missile tests with a range that had previously been prohibited by the INF Treaty.

Recent US missile tests demonstrate that Washington is not going to return to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a speech to students and faculty of MGIMO and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the beginning of the school year.
The foreign minister accused Washington of breaking this treaty on a far-fetched pretext.

“And the actions of the United States, which has already tested a ground-based medium-range missile, using the installation, which they have always defended as capable of launching exclusively anti-missiles, show that Washington is not going to return to this treaty,” Lavrov explained.
The US tested the Tomahawk missile to hit ground targets on August 18, according to the Pentagon press service. This was the first US test of a ground-based cruise missile with characteristics prohibited by this treaty after the INF Treaty broke - the projectile range was more than 500 km.
“The Department of Defense conducted a non-nuclear flight test of a non-nuclear ground-based cruise missile on Sunday, August 18, at 2:30 p.m. US West Coast [00:30 Moscow time Monday, August 19] on the island of San Nicholas [off the coast] of the State of California. The tested missile left the mobile launcher and hit the target precisely after flying more than 500 km, ”the Pentagon said in a statement.
In connection with such an aggravation of the situation in the world, Russia invited NATOmembers to join the moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles, Lavrov said.
“Let me remind you that, despite the destruction of the US Intermediate-Range Missile Treaty, we made a very important political gesture. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin said that the treaty no longer exists, but we will act in a mirror: if the United States begins to develop appropriate means, we reserve the right to do the same. If they test, and we will have such a right, ”warned the head of the Russian foreign ministry.
He recalled the president’s promise that Moscow would not deploy the INF Treaty if they were created in those regions of the world where American-made systems would not be deployed. Lavrov called this proposal serious and clarified that Russia had already invited NATO members to join a voluntary moratorium, but they have not yet agreed to this.
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He noted that Russia would not insist on China's participation in the new arms control treaty.
The PRC claims that the scale of their nuclear potential is not comparable with the American and Russian, therefore, the participation of this country cannot be supported, the Russian diplomat explained. He noted that, despite this, the Americans continue to urge Beijing to join the document, and ask Russia to persuade China. “We will not do this. If the US gets China’s consent, then we will be ready to talk, ”the Russian minister stressed. Lavrov noted that forcing Beijing to act against his will is wrong and incorrect.
The fact that Moscow is proposing to the United States and NATO to declare a moratorium on the deployment of the INF Treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS as early as the day the INF Treaty expired, on August 2, 2019. The diplomat emphasized that no one has removed the issue of returning to agreements on control of such weapons.
“We do not propose new negotiations to the Americans, this was clearly stated by the President of the Russian Federation on February 2 of this year. They suggested that the United States and other NATO countries consider the possibility of declaring the same moratorium on the deployment of medium and shorter-range weapons, as ours, like the moratorium announced by Vladimir Putin , who stated that, before the Americans had such means in the region, Russia will refrain from placing our respective systems when they become available, ”Ryabkov 
Shortly before this, the deputy minister specified that Russia does not exclude the possibility of deploying INF troops near the United States in response to similar actions by Washington.
Ryabkov called flying time "the key moment." He recalled that a moratorium on the deployment of missiles is still in effect, but the United States and NATO have a "super-light attitude" to international security.

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