Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 30th anniversary of the INF Treaty

December 8, 2017

December 8 is the 30th anniversary of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).
This event has become a milestone on the path towards abandoning the Cold War stereotypes. The treaty contributed greatly to strengthening European and global security and stability. Two classes of nuclear missiles were eliminated under the treaty. It was a crucial step towards nuclear disarmament.
However, we regret to note that Russia’s 2007 proposal to make the INF Treaty universal was never brought to reality. That would have prevented an escalation and negative tendencies related to nuclear weapon proliferation.
Throughout the three decades, the Russian Federation has strictly adhered to the INF Treaty and observed it faithfully. We have been insisting on the United States to do the same as the US seems to have interpreted the contractual obligation rather freely in those cases when the treaty hindered developing the arms important to the US. At the same time, the United States continues to bring forward unfounded accusations of Russia’s breaching the treaty.
We want to stress once again that Russia will continue to fulfill the INF Treaty in its entirety for as long as our partners do the same. We are ready to engage in a non-politicised, professional dialogue with the United States regarding the issues around the treaty. However, attempts to communicate with us in the language of ultimatums or to put military and political pressure on Russia through sanctions (which has been discussed with great excitement in Washington) are unacceptable.
We proceed from the premise that it is important to make joint efforts with our American counterparts to sustain the treaty.