Putin: Russia will produce banned missiles if the US pulls out of the INF Treaty

Russia will start to produce missiles prohibited by the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) of 1987, if the United States unilaterally will be released from the agreement and will begin production of such weapons, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Yesterday, on December 4, U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that Washington is forced to suspend fulfilment of its obligations under the nuclear contract as Russia regularly violates it. Washington has delivered an ultimatum to Moscow: the 60-day period, she must prove the fulfillment of the terms of the INF Treaty, otherwise the US for 6 months out of contract.

Today the Russian leader responded to the accusations Pompeo. According to Vladimir Putin, many States already produce intermediate-and shorter-range missiles, which Russia and the United States had pledged to destroy.

«It seems that our American partners believe that the situation is so changed that the United States must also be such a weapon. What kind of response on our part? Yes, a simple: then we also will do it», — stated Putin.

Earlier, in November, about a possible U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty warned Donald trump. In this regard, former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev who signed the contract together with Ronald Reagan stated that this decision will undermine all efforts «to achieve nuclear disarmament».

And in early December, Vladimir Putin said that the conflict in the East of Ukraine will not stop until the authorities in the country remains under the current leadership.