The Kremlin should remove all missiles stationed in the EU that are threatening the INF Treaty, US President’s Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation Jeffrey Eberhardt said.
The diplomat also explained how US President Joe Biden evaluates the initiative of Russian leader Vladimir Putin to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles in Europe.
According to Eberhardt, Moscow violated the INF Treaty by deploying such missiles in various European countries.
The US unilaterally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in early 2019. Washington accused Russia of violating the treaty, something that the Kremlin vehemetly denies.
At the same time, the agreement ceased to operate on August 2, 2019.
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IRNFT) is an agreement that was signed between the USSR and the US, by leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan on December 8, 1987.
The treaty entered into force on June 1, 1988. For the first time in history, the treaty made it possible to eliminate a whole class of weapons: the parties pledged to destroy all complexes of ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles of medium (1000-5500 km) and shorter (from 500 to 1000 km) ranges, and also not to produce, test or deploy such rockets in the future.
Per the Treaty, the parties were to destroy all launchers and ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5500 kilometers within three years, including missiles on both European and Asian territories of the USSR.