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Russia is not involved in the arms race and does not violate the INF

Summary of Disinformation

Russia does not violate the INF Treaty and does not create dangerous weapons capable of carrying nuclear charges. The United States is the one violating international agreements on arms control while accusing Russia of everything in order to freely deploy missiles in Europe. NATO’s position on the INF Treaty is ridiculous since Russia will comply with the treaty, but the Alliance will not.

Sputnik Estonia time 00.19-00.52, RT Russian
Sputnik Estonia time 00.19-00.52, RT Russian

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty because of its non-compliance in several areas, and that Russia is fully compliant with the treaty.

The US government issued detailed refutations of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with the INF Treaty (see previous cases on the subject). In July 2014, President Obama officially accused Russia of testing an intermediate-range land-launched missile in violation of the treaty. Russia’s violations were also acknowledged by NATO Foreign Ministers in a meeting in Brussels on December 4th 2018. NATO allies share the US government’s assessment that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security.

In February, the United States suspended its participation in the INF Treaty, stressing that nearly 6 years of diplomacy and more than 30 meetings have failed to convince Russia to return to compliance with the INF Treaty. On July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law on the suspension of the INF Treaty. On July 5, the Russia-NATO Council was held, following which Secretary-General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said that NATO and the Kremlin have fundamental differences in this matter.

More disinformation cases on the INF treaty can be found here, here, here and here.

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Reported in: Issue 157
Date: 26.06.2019
Language: Russian
Country: United States, Russia, EU
Keywords: INF Treaty, New Cold War, Nuclear issues, NATO
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Estonia time 00.19-00.52, RT Russian
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