As explained at the parliamentary hearings in the Federation Council, Deputy head of the main Department of international military cooperation of the Ministry of defense Evgeny Ilyin, Russia has reason to believe that the United States under the guise of testing of the missile defense work out on the use of intermediate-range and shorter-range, reports “Interfax”.
“Many questions arise in connection with the use of US during testing ABOUT the target missiles, similar in characteristics to the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF),” — said Ilyin. He suspects that the real purpose of the exercise may be the use of these missiles.
“There is reason to believe that under the guise of testing tools ABOUT the United States practiced the questions on the application is prohibited by the Treaty, the intermediate-range and shorter-range”, — concluded the military.
In October last year, the Russian foreign Ministry has already expressed the suspicion that the US ABM elements in Europe could be used to launch missiles and medium-range. In particular it was about the hosted in Romania launchers MK-41, which can send into the sky as interceptor missiles and the INF.
In turn, the United States in December last year, suspected Russia of testing a cruise missile, subject to the provisions of the INF Treaty. In Moscow said in response that Washington could not put on the table specific documents showing the violations.
However, as reported by the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the United States has discussed with NATO allies the placement of land-based missiles for pre-emptive nuclear weapons of Russia, but met resistance from France and Germany.
The INF Treaty was signed in December 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, and entered into force in the summer of 1988. The USSR and the USA pledged not to produce, not to test and not to deploy ballistic and cruise missiles, ground-based medium (from 1,000 km to 5,500 km) and shorter (from 500 km to 1000 km) range.