World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia has said that it is complying with all of its commitments under the INF treaty but will exit if US deploys missiles in the EU adding that Russia does not want to withdraw from it, Viktor Ozerov, the Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, told RIA Novosti.
"Russia has enough strength and means for an adequate response — starting from the withdrawal from the INF treaty and deploying "Iskanders" (short-range ballistic missile system, also known by its NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) along our Western borders," Ozerov told RIA Novosti.
The Chairman of the Defense Committee stressed that Russia is fully complying with the INF treaty, and although Washington says Moscow violated the agreement in the past, it was not able to provide factual evidence of that.
In a report in Sputnik internation, Russia has said that as long as the United States meets its commitments under the treaty, Russia will respect the agreement as well, Ozerov said. Rather than blackmail, he said, it is a far better idea to try to find a partnership-based agreement with Russia.
In recent years, both the US and Russia accused each other of violating terms of the treaty. In 2012, Washington accused Moscow of violating the agreement by claiming that it launched a cruise missile from an "Iskander" missile system. However, the US government was not able to provide any evidence of this claim. Russia, on the other hand, said US drones were also a violation of the treaty.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2015, 18:18