Russia is fully compliant with INF Treaty, top brass says
Russia is not violating any points of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Head of the Missile Troops and Artillery of Russia’s Ground Forces Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky told a briefing on the 9M729 missile for military attaches, Trend reports referring to TASS.
"Russia has observed and continues strictly observing the points of the Treaty and does not allow any violations," Matveyevsky said.
The military official noted that the ongoing US campaign on accusing Russia of violating the INF Treaty is groundless.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was signed between the former Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987 and entered into force on June 1, 1988. The INF Treaty 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).
On January 15, Russia and the US held inter-agency consultations on the INF Treaty in Geneva. Washington again accused Moscow of breaching the arms control agreement. The US threatens to leave the treaty on February 2 unless Russia destroys its 9M729 missile, which allegedly violates the agreement. Russia told colleagues that during the Zapad-2017 drills on September 18, 2017 this missile was test-launched at the Kapustin Yar proving ground at its maximum range and it covered less than 480 km.