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Russian Ambassador in Germany Urges Berlin to Be More Objective on INF

Russian Ambassador in Germany Urges Berlin to Be More Objective on INF

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian would like Germany to be more objective on the issue of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after Berlin expressed solidarity with Washington's claims on Moscow's alleged violations of he treaty, Russian Ambassador to Berlin Sergey Nechaev told Sputnik Tuesday.

"The German leadership has repeatedly spoken in favor of preserving current system of strategic stability, including the INF and New START [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty]… However, Berlin has fully agreed with Washington demanding that Russia fulfill ultimatum requirements and has not questioned US position in NATO. Such an approach, which ignores the facts, arguments and justified concerns of Russia, is unlikely to help reach a compromise. I would like to call for greater objectivity on the part of our German partners," the diplomat said.

Last week, the United States said it was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting from February 2 and would start the withdrawal process, which would be completed within six months unless Moscow remedied its alleged violations of the bilateral arms control deal.

On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow also suspended its obligations under the treaty in response to the US move.

The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, bans all ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles.

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