Russian Foreign Ministry: U.S. fails to rectify INF violations
The United States has taken no steps to remedy the violations of its commitments under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
"In fact, the U.S. has not taken any necessary steps on rectifying violations of its commitments under the treaty," TASS cited the Russian diplomat as saying.
According to him, first of all, this concerns the deployment of Mk-41 launchers of cruise missiles on the ground, which is banned under the treaty.
"No progress has either been made on the so-called target-missiles, fired by the U.S. from the ground to test its air defense system, which are similar by their characteristics to ballistic intermediate-and shorter-range missiles. This also concerns the Pentagon’s use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles, which are fully defined by the treaty’s term such as 'a ground-based cruise missile'," Ryabkov said.