Vladimir Putin signs a draft law in suspension of the INF treaty


On July 3 the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draft law on suspension of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty that was negotiated by the U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

Moscow suspended the participation in March as soon as the White House denounced that Donald Trump would rejected the agreement for suspected breaches of terms from Russia.

On July 3 Putin officially retired signing a bill which said that the decision of renewal of agreement will be made by the Russian President.

The INF bill has solved a crisis on nuclear-armed ballistic missile targeting at Western capitals, but has not put limits on other large military subjects such as China.

Within other key agreements on weapon control known as New Start, the INF was considered as a milestone of worldwide security.

The agreement that limits the number of nuclear warheads under Washington finishes in 2021.

The Russian President claimed that he is ready to refuse from New Start blaming Washington in unwilling to hold negotiations on prolonging of the agreement.

Putin denounced at G20 summit in Japan that US and Russian Foreign Ministers would start negotiating on extension of New Start no matter it would be successful or not.

Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website

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