Disinfo: Europe is doing everything to destroy the INF treaty

Summary

Instead of accusing Russia of “all sorts of sins,” Europe should begin a constructive dialogue on the INF Treaty. Europe must look at itself, review its behavior and start a constructive dialogue in order to preserve this treaty. But they are doing everything to destroy the INF Treaty, and then blame Russia.

Disproof

Unfounded accusation of Europe's role in the destruction of the INF treaty. In fact, the EU urged the treaty's parties, the United States and the Russian Federation, to remain engaged in constructive dialogue to preserve the INF Treaty and ensure its full and verifiable implementation, which is crucial for Europe’s and global security.

The EU has called on the US to consider the consequences of its possible withdrawal from the INF for its own security, the security of its allies and that of the whole world. The EU has also called on both the US and Russia to remain engaged in constructive dialogue to preserve the INF Treaty, and on Russia to address the serious concerns regarding its compliance with the treaty. NATO considers Russia to be in violation of the INF Treaty, and the alliance has called on Russia to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance with the agreement.

For background about INF treaty and European defence see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: INF Treaty, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia time 1:20-1:30
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