Russian Defense Ministry Statement
(Source: Russian Ministry of Defence; issued Sept. 12, 2019)
On September 11, 2019, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with the "Euro News" channel: “Russia, in the conditions of the termination of the INF Treaty, is deploying missiles capable of carrying a nuclear charge in Europe”.

It should be noted that the responsibility for the “demise” of the INF Treaty lies with the leader of the alliance - the United States. The withdrawal of the American side from the Treaty created additional serious risks for international security.

The fact that the US tested a missile on August 18, 2019 using the MK-41 universal launcher used in the US ABM System in Romania and Poland confirmed the validity of Russian claims against the White House about the possibility of their use for launching intermediate- and shorter-range ground-launched missiles.

At the same time, unsubstantiated accusations against Russia about non-compliance with the INF Treaty were used exclusively as a pretext for the US to withdraw from the agreement.

Even during the period of its operation, the United States was actively developing a land-based missile of a forbidden range.

At the time the United States withdrew from the INF Treaty - August 2, 2019 - a missile prohibited by this agreement was already preparing for a test launch.

Russia has not tested and is not armed, unlike the United States, with intermediate- and shorter-range missiles.

In addition, Russia does not plan to deploy such missiles either in Europe or in other regions of the world, until such American-made weapons appear there.

In this situation, instead of various kinds of insinuations about the Treaty, which was destroyed by the United States, we expect to hear assurances from our Western partners about the unacceptability of deploying American intermediate-range and shorter-range land-based missiles on their territory, which the US side has already begun to develop.

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