Swedish ambassador fails to explain how Russia violates INF Treaty

02.08.2019, Moscow.

Evidence regarding the parameters of the 9М729 missile for the Iskander system provided by Russia is doubtful, the Ambassador of Sweden to Russia Peter Ericson said, RIA Novosti reported on July 31.

“Certain doubt exists regarding Russia’s commitment to this treaty (the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987 (INF Treaty) ― Rossa Primavera News Agency). There is one doubtful missile. Therefore, we believe that Russia must prove that this missile does not violate the treaty,” the ambassador said.

The ambassador finds the details on the 9М729 missile characteristics provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense inadequate. However, he cannot point out any specific facts of violations. He believes that doubts are sufficient to justify the withdrawal from the INF Treaty.

In August, the USA will completely withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987 (INF Treaty). The initiator of the withdrawal is the USA.

Repeated statements made by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, saying that the INF Treaty conditions have been met and that any accusations of its violations are groundless, have been ignored.

The United States’ own violations of the INF Treaty in the form of the dual-purpose ballistic missile defense launchers in Europe have been ignored. For example, the MK41 launchers can accommodate not only interceptor missiles, but also Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 2,500 km. SM-6 air defense missiles can be used against ground and sea targets.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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