Signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the law on the suspension of the INF Treaty is a forced decision and response to the actions of the United States that will preserve the balance of power and protect the interests of the national security of the Russian Federation, says member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak.
“Our country’s suspension of the INF action, which was signed today by the head of our state, will help preserve the balance of power and protect the interests of our national security. This is a forced step by Russia, which our state pushed the destructive actions of the United States,” Zheleznyak quotes his press service.
The parliamentarian stressed that there is no doubt that Russia, as a responsible country, will always be ready to return to the negotiating table on this acute problem, if there is a desire on the American side.
“Russia at all levels and international platforms stated the need to preserve the INF and other agreements aimed at curbing the arms race. We offered the US an open discussion of the issue, but the American war party chose to communicate with our country the method of threats and ultimatums that impede the settlement of the problem” – said the deputy.
Zheleznyak added that the suspension of the INF Treaty is a serious test for the decades-long system of global security, which the United States had previously intentionally violated, and now openly destroys.
Earlier this year, Washington announced a unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty, accusing Russia of a lengthy violation of the treaty. Moscow denies all charges. On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian Federation would mirror the decision of the United States to quit the INF Treaty and also suspends participation in the treaty. The head of state noted that Russia should not and will not be drawn into the expensive arms race for Moscow. At the same time, Putin added that all the proposals of the Russian Federation on disarmament “remain on the table and the doors are open,” but demanded from now on not to initiate any negotiations on this issue.