“We have repeatedly warned that the termination of the treaty on medium and short-range missiles (INF) means the region now faces the possibility of these attack weapons appearing in a wide space, and a new arms race as a result,” Putin said at the 16th East Asia Summit. as quoted from Russia Today, Thursday (10/28/2021).
The Russian president said that, despite former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the INF in August 2019, Moscow had declared a unilateral moratorium on the deployment of medium and short-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world, while calling for serious dialogue on the issue. this with the affected countries.
“The Russian proposal remains open, and that is all the more important,” he said.
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“Cooperation with other countries is the only way, in our view, to stop existing and emerging threats and solve problems that affect our region and the world as a whole,” he added.
He went on to add that dialogue needs to focus on sustainable development and improving the welfare of the population. He insisted that Moscow was ready to take part in such talks.
United States of America (The US) blamed its withdrawal from the INF for Russia’s alleged violation of the nuclear pact. Moscow has denied the claims, saying it was the US missile defense systems in Central Europe that violated the terms. The Kremlin itself suspended its participation in the treaty a day after Washington announced it would no longer be bound by it.
Earlier this month, Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow did not care about rumors that China has tested a nuclear-capable rocket that can orbit Earth and strike targets faster than the speed of sound.