MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Washington is unable to produce evidence of a violation by Moscow of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) because they are not. This was stated on Wednesday by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“No evidence of his allegations, the Americans did not show, they just can’t be present, because such evidence, in principle, no,” she said.
“At the same time they dismiss Russian concerns, the diplomat stated. – So, on the basis of the American missile defense shield in Deveselu in Romania on public display are launcher, which in its parameters is able to start a percussion cruise missiles “Tomahawk”. In 2018, the same system the Pentagon, the United States plans to deploy in Poland, although their installation on the land contrary to the INF Treaty”.
First U.S. accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty in July 2014. Then Washington has repeatedly reiterated that statement, which Moscow has expressed disagreement, noting that the statements of the American side no specifics. Russia puts U.S. counter-claim for the implementation of the INF Treaty.
This agreement was signed on 8 December 1987 in Washington. It entered into force on 1 June 1988. In 1992, in connection with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Treaty has acquired a multilateral character: its members, besides the US and Russia were Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine (before the destruction of the rockets of the respective class). Under the INF Treaty fall within the deployed and non-deployed missiles are smaller (500 to 1000 km) and medium range (1000 to 5500 km) land-based. The whole of the USSR destroyed 1846 missiles, USA – 846.