Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) becomes a means of blackmail and political...

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  1. DavidBerg

    DavidBerg Officer Candidate

    Jul 20, 2017
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    Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) becomes a means of blackmail and political pressure on Russia

    We do not know how relations between Russia and the USA will evolve. But it is hoped that a meeting between Putin and Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg will create a positive dynamic of Russian-American relations. Until then, there is not much left to brag about. Washington uses any pretext or occasion to indiscriminately accuse and threaten Russia. Today when effectiveness of anti-Russian sanctions is equal to nothing, and the Crimea, DPR, LPR and Syria are no longer enough justification for continuation of the US sanctions against Russia, Washington's hysteria regarding Russia's breach of the INF Treaty obligations has entered a new phase of development. And this time, it looks like Americans have decided to hit hard by initiating congressional discussions with regard to the US possible withdrawal from the INF Treaty, whereas previously their rhetoric has led to empty threats and substance-free general statements. For instance, the US Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry B. Harris has said that Washington is considering the possibility of renegotiation of the INF Treaty and even withdrawal from it.

    It is worth recalling that, in fact, this treaty is a cornerstone of global process of disarmament. And so, failure to apply it as agreed would deliver a fatal blow to the whole system of international security. It seems to be an axiom on which there can be no debate. I mean the fact that Moscow has always called for continuation in force of the treaty. Meanwhile, Washington, on the contrary, is increasingly trying to circumvent restrictions, contained in the INF Treaty, under any pretext. And how else can Moscow explain Washington's plans to deploy ABMD ground-based facilities as launching sites for the treaty banning Tomahawk missiles in Romania and Poland? Or how should Moscow relate to what the Pentagon's Defense Science Board has proposed towards development of 'heavy' drones capable of carrying nuclear weapons?

    Casuistic clarification, provided by US officials, as if they are not in violation of the treaty and remain in compliance with it, does not only dispel all doubts of the Russian side, but also further reinforces suspicions of a twist in nature of their American partners. At the same time, the Kremlin finds completely unacceptable to follow the motto "tit for tat". And even if it finds that there is a clear violation of the INF Treaty, which directly threatens RF security, it prefers to regulate the situation through constructive dialogue in the context of international law. But it is only till the treaty is in force. In the case of the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, Russia will find the adequate way to respond to this step.
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  2. YarS

    YarS Lieutenant Colonel

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    Hi, @DavidBerg !
    Welcome to the forum!
    Here is a good tradition - newcomers introduce themselves here:

    About your article. I think our relations are moving in one direction - to the big war. Yank are trying to find tool, that will allow them to hit Russian strategic forces by sudden strike and avoid retaliatory attack. If they will achieve such tool - Russia should attack first.