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Russia asks for US missile moratorium

Zakharova spokesman said: the US must show interest in global security

Today on August 9th, Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, the spokeswoman and director of the information and press department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, said during the "Terra Scientia" youth forum held annually near the Klyazma river: "Moscow asks again once to the United States and its allies to join the initiative to carry out a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate-range and short-range missiles that would increase predictability in military and political affairs. We ask once again to Washington and its allies to show a responsible attitude. Such a step would show the entire international community that global security is a concern for the United States".

The INF treaty, signed by the Soviet Union and the United States entered into force on June 1st, 1988. It applied to the intermediate-range deployed and not deployed of intermediate range and shorter autonomy missiles. Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the agreement, but Moscow vehemently rejected all accusations and, in turn, expressed grievances over Washington's default.

Russia therefore left the agreement in July (see AVIONEWS) and on August 2 the United States also withdrew from the INF (see AVIONEWS): all this would increase the risks of a nuclear threat.

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