Head of the Federation Council Committee: the INF treaty was concluded under unfavorable conditions to the USSR - TASS

MOSCOW, December 5th. / TASS /. The treaty on the elimination of intermediate and short range missiles (PRSMD) between the US and the USSR was not concluded on the conditions of parity for the Soviet part. The opinion of Wednesday in an interview with the TASS correspondent was expressed by the head of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev.

"Americans cost very little from the INF treaty, the conditions on which it ended are not equality," he said.

The senator explained that "at the time of its conclusion, the Soviet Union had missiles on the ground and medium range only on the ground, while the United States already had similar weapons on the airlines and in the fleet".

According to Bondarev, the leadership of the USSR then put the country "in a deliberately unprofitable and vulnerable position". Furthermore, "in addition to weapons that met the disposal criteria specified in the document, Oka missile systems that were not subject to the disposal requirements were destroyed.

"And now the Americans are again asking for concessions from us unilaterally. However, our country is no longer the one with which the States have concluded the INF treaty on favorable terms. Today Russia is strong and we will not tolerate pressure on us, as it was for years "perestroika", said the head of the defense committee. " Russia does not intend to make concessions unilaterally and does not agree to play with one goal ".

On the situation around the INF.

Tuesday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, said that Washington would not comply with the obligations under the INF Treaty, if Russia does not return to the treaty within 60 days.

A member of the Federation Council Defense Committee, Frants Klintsevich, then called for speculation "on one of the most important problems in maintaining European and global security, which is completely unacceptable".

The INF Committee was signed on December 8, 1987 and entered into force on June 1, 1988. The treaty covers unmanned and unexplained missiles of a smaller (500 to 1000 km) and medium (1000 to 5500 km) on the ground. In recent years, Washington has repeatedly accused the Russian Federation of having violated the agreement. Moscow is categorically in disagreement with these accusations and makes US counter-claims.

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