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Arms race: Shoigu spoke about the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty

Arms race: Shoigu spoke about the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty

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The real reason for the US withdrawing from the INF Treaty is the desire to deter Russia and China, which are increasing their military power and are actively cooperating with each other, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He stressed that Washington was preparing to terminate the agreement in advance.

Arms race: Shoigu spoke about the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty




The United States decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) because of the desire to deter Russia and China, said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking at a plenary meeting of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum. He expressed the opinion that this document ceased to be in Washington’s interests against the backdrop of the growing military and economic power of China and the restoration of the Russian defense potential.
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In addition, the actions of the American side were affected by the expansion of cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, the head of the Russian defense department is sure.
Shoigu noted that Washington was preparing to leave the INF Treaty in advance, accusing Moscow of violating its provisions. According to him, the United States created shock drones in advance, used medium-range ballistic missiles as target missiles, and also deployed Mk-41 launchers designed for Tomahawk cruise missiles in European territory.

“This is confirmed by the fact that 16 days after the denunciation of the Treaty, tests were carried out on a ground-based cruise missile, which, according to the USA, hit the target at a distance of over 500 km,” he emphasized.
The United States tested the Tomahawk designed to hit ground targets on August 18, Pentagon press service said. “The Department of Defense conducted a 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 August 19] on the San Nicholas Island [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 (this range was prohibited by the INF Treaty. - “Gazeta.Ru”), ”the US military said.
According to Shoigu, in the field of arms control, the destruction of a multi-level security system is observed. For many years, it was she who maintained stability and a balance of power.
In addition, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry did not rule out that the United States could deploy funds prohibited by the INF Treaty in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
According to him, if this happens, it will provoke an increase in tension, and states that agree to deploy medium- and shorter-range missiles on their territory will be captured by Washington’s policy. Moscow is against such a scenario, he stressed. “Such a decision will inevitably lead to an arms race, an increase in conflict potential, and increase the likelihood of incidents,” said Shoigu.
Andrea Thompson, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said in August that Washington was discussing with its allies the possibility of deploying new medium-range missiles in Asia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that this prospect also applies to Russia since weapons can affect the country's territory. “This does not please Moscow,” he said.
During a plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club on October 4, the Russian leader promised that Moscow would respond in a mirror to the appearance of American INF troops in Asia. He emphasized that such actions by the American authorities will only create new threats.
Relations between the US and the Russian Federation have escalated due to the situation around the INF Treaty. US leader Donald Trump announced the suspension of his state participation in the agreement on February 2.
Under the terms of the contract, it is possible to completely terminate it only six months after the announcement of one of the parties of the corresponding intention. It was assumed that during this time the parties should settle the claims, because of which the document was in danger of termination.
The United States accused Russia of violating the agreement because of the 9M729 cruise missile, the flight range of which, according to Washington, is greater than the permitted one. But Russia does not agree with this.
In response, Moscow filed a complaint with the United States. The Russian side was not satisfied with the American missile defense systems, which the United States deployed in Romania and is now deploying in Poland. Russia is convinced that Tomahawks with a forbidden range can be installed on these missile defense systems. The United States also rejected the claims of the Russian Federation.
Due to the fact that for half a year the states could not reach a compromise, on August 2, the INF Treaty ceased to exist.
To preserve the global security architecture, Russia invited NATO members to join a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles.
“Let me remind you that, despite the destruction of the US Intermediate-Range Missile Treaty, we made a very important political gesture. President 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 it, we will have such a right, ”warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
But, as NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller told the Kommersant newspaper on October 20,
The countries of the military-political bloc believe that the proposal of Russia to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of INF arms is unfounded.
She explained this by the fact that the Russian Federation allegedly "has already deployed ground-based missiles on its territory, whose range falls within the range of the INF Treaty." At the same time, the NATO Deputy Secretary-General noted that the alliance is open for dialogue on this issue.

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