The reason why the US withdrew from the INF Treaty

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In February of this year, the United States announced a unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty. As a result, Russia was forced to suspend participation in the treaty. Within the framework of this treaty, the USSR and the United States pledged not to test or deploy ballistic and cruise ground-based missiles of medium (from 1,000 to 5,500 kilometers) and shorter (from 500 to 1,000 kilometers) range, as well as launchers to them.

Thus, the US secured an advantageous position in terms of developing nuclear potential. Against this background, the prospect of the development of US missile defense in Europe looks too advantageous. The magnitude of Washington’s intentions is evidenced by the accuracy of the steps for the collapse of the INF. First, the baseless accusations of the Russian side of non-compliance with the INF Treaty (the stumbling block was the 9M729 missile- upgrading the 9M728 missile, which is part of the «Iskander-M» complex, which, according to the United States, exceeds 500 kilometers, which is subject to the INF Treaty), then a clear reluctance of the States to sit down at the negotiating table, and finally - the deployment of missile defense in Europe.

Washington has been preparing for this step for a long time. After all, in order to accommodate complexes in a European state, its permission is required. For many years now, various non-governmental American organizations that have been conducting active anti-Russian propaganda have been working on this. To date, according to data published by the research organization Globsec, the least trust in Russia is felt by residents of Poland and Romania. And if the United States considers 23% of Romanians and 12% of Poles to be a threat, then 58% and 77% of citizens are afraid of Russia, respectively. Thus, the territory has already prepared the ground for further action by the US.

Currently, the United States is engaged in the modernization of the coastal missile defense complex «Aegis Ashore», located in the Romanian town Deveselu. The coastal «Aegis Ashore» is a version of the «Aegis» shipboard system, consisting of AN/SPY-1 type radar and MK41 vertical launch devices for 24 Standard SM-3 Block IB interceptors. It is no coincidence that the modernization of this complex coincided with the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty. The United States conducts activities to finalize the universal missile defense systems in Deveselu aimed at realizing the return potential of this system and preparing the deployment of cruise missiles on them. «Aegis Ashore» with Tomahawk cruise missiles placed on it is capable of destroying the combat units of intercontinental ballistic missiles and medium-range missiles at an altitude of up to 250 km. It is possible that in the future, the complex will be completed with medium-range missiles of the «Pershing-2» type. The installation of such a complex before the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty would raise a lot of questions. At the moment, Washington is not bound by any obligations.
It is planned that by 2020 a similar system will appear in Poland. Moreover, according to some experts, Washington will not be limited to the European direction. The United States will seek to deploy missile systems in the neighborhood of its main geopolitical opponent - China.

Thus, the purposefulness of the collapse of the INF Treaty by Washington is not in doubt and the US plans to deploy medium and short-range missiles in Europe are too obvious. However, this is not the end in itself of the US. It is not excluded that, following the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, there will follow an agreement on a ban on nuclear tests, and then the New START agreement.

According to the Russian side, the actions of the US lead to a nuclear crisis. «If it comes to real deployment on land of American missile systems, the situation may worsen to the limit - in my opinion, we will find ourselves in a nuclear crisis situation close to the Caribbean crisis», said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, speaking at a meeting of the Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation on international affairs.