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Anton Morozov: “The issue of responsibility for stopping the INF Treaty should be addressed to the US, not Russia”

The question of responsibility for the suspension of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) should be addressed to the United States, and not to Russia, as representatives of the European side did, said Anton Morozov, member of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs.

On Saturday, July 6, the relevant committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly supplemented the resolution, which calls on the US and the Russian Federation to resolve differences on the INF Treaty and to refrain from the production of missile systems, with an amendment shifting responsibility for suspending the agreement to Moscow. At the same time, the Irish representative to the OSCE PA, Alan Farrell, who was the author of the resolution, spoke against the amendment, but the meeting’s participants voted for its adoption …. In this case, it is puzzling why Europeans place responsibility on Russia. It was the United States who were the first to withdraw from the INF Treaty, Russia, on the contrary, always supported a dialogue on this issue, but Washington distanced itself. At the same time, Morozov stressed that it would be expedient for European colleagues to send claims to Washington, since Russia is always open to dialogue and compromise.

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