Ryabkov: keeping INF treaty in place to require more responsibility from US
Russia insists on keeping the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in place but wants Washington to demonstrate a more responsible approach, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with the Kommersant daily.
"We are in favor of keeping the treaty in force but it will take a more responsible approach from the United States. We have been telling them that in the interests of removing problems around this treaty our dialogue should be continued, moreover, it should be more concrete," TASS cited the diplomat as saying.
According to Ryabkov, the Russia side has informed the US in detail about its position on matter of concern for Washington. "I hope the decisions of the US side on this matter will take into account our position and I hope these decisions will be in favor of keeping this treaty in effect rather than of continuing to shake it loose," he stressed.
The INF Treaty which was signed in 1987 covered deployed and non-deployed ground-based short-range missiles (from 500 to 1,000 kilometers) and intermediate-range missiles (from 1,000 to 5,500 kilometers).