Min­is­ter: treaty on mis­sile liq­ui­da­tion is point­less if one side does not com­ply

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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.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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