Russia and the United States without the INF Treaty: background



The state Duma adopted the bill on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). This Treaty Russia and the United States involves the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range. However, on 20 October 2018 US President Donald trump has announced its intention to withdraw from the Treaty.

What can cause the suspension of a contract, in Studio of TV channel “MIR 24” said the Director of the EEU Institute Vladimir Lepekhin.

Vladimir Lepekhin: This document in 1987, in Washington, was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. It was one of the best of existing treaties. In June 1988, the agreement began to operate. By 1991, almost all Russian missiles of intermediate and shorter-range missiles were destroyed 1846 missiles. Americans during this same time destroyed 846 units – exactly one thousand less. How much of them there – we don’t know.

A new history of the Treaty occurred in the 2000-ies, when the placement of missile defense systems in Europe. Russia began to ask questions that never received clear answers. The Americans claimed that it was not offensive weapons that it is intended for defence purposes. Russia such answer did not suit.

In 2014 Obama said that the United States can suspend the Treaty because Russia has started to develop a cruise missile with a range, according to the Americans, more than 500 kilometers. While the Americans began to experience such missiles back in 2013.

Vladimir Lepekhin: According to the official version – Washington intends to withdraw from the contract due to the cruise missiles of the Yekaterinburg KB. In reality, the case is political. US defense industry traditionally vote Republican. The US political leadership privatized by large multinational companies, including defense industry. Lobbyists raised the issue and began to dictate to Trump their decisions. If Obama was the Democrats who were interested in the war, the trump are Republicans who are not interested in war as such, and the arms race.

Russia did not look at it indifferently, and began to operate the mirror, as warned by President Putin.