Kremlin Confirms Putin Calling on Europe, Asia to Abstain From Deploying Intermediate-Range Missiles
11:52 26.09.2019(updated 12:59 26.09.2019)
Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to the leaders of a number of countries, including NATO members, with a proposal to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe and other regions.
Kremlin confirmed on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe, NATO and Asia to abstain from deploying intermediate and short-range missiles.
"Indeed, President [Vladimir] Putin's message was sent to the main countries of Europe and Asia and to various international organizations. Yesterday I had a lot of questions about this. Despite the fact that the INF Treaty was destroyed, for which Washington is to blame, President Putin continues efforts in order to prevent the growth of tensions, the destabilization of the situation in terms of global security and stability in the case of the deployment of short and medium-range missiles, which was previously forbidden. And, in fact, Putin called for refraining from these weapons systems. This does not imply any response, but at the same time, we have not yet met with understanding," Peskov said.
Earlier, Russian media reported that Mr Putin had sent a message to the leaders of several countries, including NATO members, with a proposal to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Europe and other regions.
According to the letter, the moratorium on the INF missile deployment will require additional verification measures, especially in conditions where medium-range missile launchers have already been deployed in Europe.
Responding to the call, the German Cabinet said on Wednesday that it intended to discuss the message with their closest partners in NATO and the EU.
The same day, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu confirmed receiving the letter and said that NATO does not consider the proposal credible because of the Russian SSC-8 cruise missile.
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