Zakharova comments on Washington's ultimatum on INF Treaty
Moscow’s proposals to discuss issues related to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States remain on the table, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing.
"We are ready to continue the dialogue in appropriate formats on the entire range of problems related to this document on the basis of professionalism and mutual respect, without putting forward unsubstantiated accusations and ultimatums. Our proposals are well known and remain on the negotiating table," the spokesperson noted.
"We have admitted these documents for further consideration. This text again includes accusations in the form of unfounded and unsubstantiated information about Russia’s alleged violations of this deal," the diplomat said.
She noted that Russia has repeatedly stated that these are unfounded accusations, and no evidence had been provided to confirm the US stance. "If they [documents] have been provided by the U.S. to NATO member-states, why does the US hide them from Russia?" Zakharova said.
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said after a meeting of the NATO member-states’ top diplomats in Brussels that Washington expected Moscow to return to compliance with the treaty within 60 days.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier that Moscow answered all questions on the implementation of the INF Treaty posed by the U.S.