What will the world be without the INF Treaty?

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Jun 19, 2019
The INF Treaty is suspended. Russia was forced to take such measures in response to the same acts from the United States. Washington has long attempted to destabilize that treaty, given what was happening in the political arena. So they started with the accusations of the Russian side in non-compliance with the treaty.

According to Washington, Moscow violated the INF Treaty during the testing of ground-based "Novator 9M729" cruise missiles at the Kapustin Yar firing ground in 2016. According to opinion of the US, missile range was more than 500km (according to the INF Treaty, missiles with a range from 500km to 5500km are banned). Washington was not interested at all in Moscow`s arguments. Then the Americans started testing of missile defense systems on medium-range target missiles, whose characteristics coincide with the devices prohibited by the treaty. Moreover, testing of unmanned aerial vehicles with prohibited by the INF Treaty weapons questioned that the US followed the rules of the treaty. But the most obvious step towards the breakdown of the INF Treaty was the deployment of the "Aegis Ashore" ground-based missile defense systems that were capable of launching the forbidden Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The evidence of the US intentions is also indicated by the fact that the installation of ground-based missile defense systems in Europe coincided with the US withdrawal from the treaty. The fact that the United States is updating universal missile defense systems in Deveselu, is aimed at realizing the return potential of this system and preparing the deployment of cruise missiles on them. "Aegis Asore" with its cruise missiles can destroy battle blocks of intercontinental ballistic missiles and medium-range missiles at altitudes up to 250 km.

At the moment, the Pentagon announced the conclusion of a contract for the supply of tactical missiles of the ground-ground class in the amount of 561.8 million dollars. According to the contract terms, Lockheed Martin Corporation must release a batch of short-range missiles that will be sent to the armed forces of Poland and Rumania. Military experts say that there is no any threat to Russia and that this step is just expansion of the zone of influence of American weapons.

However, according to the Minister of Defense of Poland, "the HIMARS system is the weapon that is used by the most powerful army in the world – the US army and it will ensure the security of Poland and protect the eastern NATO frontier". It is quite clear from whom exactly Poland is planning to defend, given the country's anti-Russian rhetoric.

Russia took unprecedented measures to preserve the treaty, but failed and the treaty cannot be restored. All that can be done is to try to keep the remaining agreements. In this regard Moscow does not intend to refuse further discussion of that issue. The meeting in the NATO-Russia Council is a direct confirmation of this. Negotiations at the level of ambassadors of Russia and countries of the North Atlantic Alliance will be held July 5, 2019. The situation around the INF Treaty which will finally stop its acting on August 2, 2019 will be one of the main issues of the meeting. Thus, the alliance is preparing to the world without the INF Treaty and the security issue after the treaty termination is a very sharp now.