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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on the suspension of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range, reported on the official Internet portal of legal information.
“To suspend the Treaty between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America on the elimination of their intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles signed at Washington December 8, 1987”, – the document says.
The bill was passed by Parliament on 18 June and approved by the Federation Council on June 26. The decision on the resumption by Russia of the contract will be made by the head of state. The law comes into force from the day of its official publication.
The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 and entered into force on 1 June 1988. It provides for the elimination of intermediate – (one thousand – 5.5 thousand kilometers) and lower (from 500 to thousands of kilometers) range. The parties undertook to destroy all systems of ballistic and cruise land-based missiles with the specified range and not produce, not to test and not to deploy them in the future.
Earlier this year, the United States accused Russia in the long breach of contract and announced a unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Moscow denied the allegations. 2 February, Putin promised that Russia mirror response to the US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty and also to suspend participation in the Treaty.