5 Aug 2022 23:33 GMT
Moscow had already unilaterally committed not to do so, said the Eurasian country’s deputy permanent representative to the UN.
Russia called on the United States and its allies to commit not to be the first to deploy intermediate or short-range missiles, reported the deputy permanent representative of the Eurasian country to the UN, Andrei Belousov, according to informs Then24.
The diplomat stressed that Moscow had already unilaterally committed not to be the first to deploy the weapons systems contemplated in the Intermediate and Short-Range Missile Elimination Treaty (INF), and in no case in regions where similar US-made weapons do not settle.
“To prevent a new and disastrous nuclear missile arms race […] We call on the US and its allies to make similar commitments,” Belousov said at the 10th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which takes place at the United Nations headquarters, In New York.
He also assured that Russia does not have intermediate or short-range land-based missiles. “To claim otherwise is to consciously create a false image and cover up those truly responsible for the breach of the treaty” INF, he said.
- In 2019, Washington announced its withdrawal from the INF agreement, signed in 1987 by the USSR and the US, arguing that Moscow refused to destroy a cruise missile that violated those provisions. The Kremlin, for its part, declared that “at the initiative of the American side” the document was terminated. The agreement contemplated the elimination of ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers and based on land, both nuclear and conventional.