US and Russia Trade Blame for INF Treaty’s Failure

Russian FM: US missiles in Asia would pose a threat to international security

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday warning that the deployment of US intermediate-range missiles into Asia would pose a threat to international security. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has advocated such deployments.

This comes amid a Thursday meeting of the UN Security Council related to the collapse of 1987’s Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and subsequent US talk of substantial development of new weapons that the treaty would’ve banned.

As has been the case ever since the INF collapsed, the US and Russia again traded blame for its failure, with the US officials repeating unverified claims of Russian violations, and Russia pointing out that it took the US like two weeks from the treaty’s end to conduct its first arms test, saying that proved the US was violating it all along.

The Pentagon has been agitating for a large budget for developing new such weapons, and while Russia hasn’t made any specific announcements on weapons of their own, they have warned that they will respond to any US attempts to push weapons into Eastern Europe or Asia targeting them.

Author: Jason Ditz

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