Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that he sees no grounds to review Russia’s military doctrine following the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, speaking at a briefing in Moscow on Monday.
“This is a fundamental document that is conceptually focused on the future. Its wording is extremely verified and should not be straightened or changed somehow depending on certain circumstances,” said Ryabkov.
The diplomat called the US “the murderer of the treaty” since it “launched and finished the procedure of unilateral withdrawal from the INF.”
He also pointed out that any further steps regarding arms control should take into consideration missile and nuclear potentials of France and the United Kingdom. The minister concluded that Moscow stays open for “equitable and constructive dialogue” with Washington.
The INF Treaty was originally signed in 1987 by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, to eliminate the US and Soviet stocks of intermediate-range and shorter-range land-based missiles.
The treaty banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 1,000 kilometres (310-620 miles) and those between 1,000-5,500 kilometres (620 miles – 3,417 miles).
Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the agreement. After announcing in February 2019 that it would suspend its participation in the arms control treaty, the US formally withdrew from it on August 2.