Minister: treaty on missile liquidation is pointless if one side does not comply
The is not point in having Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty if one of the sides that signed it, which would be Russia in this particular case, does not comply with it, said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to 900 seconds programme, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement regarding his country’s exit from the aforementioned treaty.
«There are very serious suspicions of Russia violating this treaty. What is the point of the treaty if missiles that could threaten Europe are still manufactured?» the minister asks.
Latvia’s foreign affairs minister admits that INFT is one of the most iconic treaties in history. It was signed in 1987 by USA and USSR, outlining the beginning of the end for the Cold War. The announcement by the US president regarding his country’s exit from this treaty does not inspire faith in Europe’s safety.
«But there is one important detail: USA believes Russia has already breached this treaty by developing weapons systems prohibited by document. I can understand the concerns USA has, but I would rather both sides to reach an agreement to preserve this treaty,» says Rinkēvičs.
He mentioned multiple times that USA has yet to pull out from the treaty.
As it is known, Trump has recently announced that USA plans to pull out from INFT. He also accused Russia of breaching the treaty.