This statement was issued by the North Atlantic Council, Brussels, 1st of February 2019 on Russia and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

“Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty, and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security.  Allies strongly supported the finding of the United States that Russia is in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty and called upon Russia to urgently return to full and verifiable compliance.

Since that announcement, the United States and other Allies have remained open to dialogue, and have engaged Russia on its violation, including at a NATO-Russia Council meeting on 25 January 2019. Allies regret that Russia, as part of its broader pattern of behaviour, continues to deny its INF Treaty violation, refuses to provide any credible response, and has taken no demonstrable steps toward returning to full and verifiable compliance.

As a result, the United States is suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty in response to Russia’s material breach, and is providing the requisite six-month written notice to Treaty Parties of its withdrawal under Article XV of the INF Treaty. The United States is taking this action in response to the significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security posed by Russia’s covert testing, production, and fielding of 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile systems. Allies fully support this action.

Unless Russia honours its INF Treaty obligations through the verifiable destruction of all of its 9M729 systems, thereby returning to full and verifiable compliance before the U.S. withdrawal takes effect in six months, Russia will bear sole responsibility for the end of the Treaty.

NATO continues to closely review the security implications of Russian intermediate-range missiles and will continue to take steps necessary to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the Alliance’s overall deterrence and defence posture. We will continue to consult each other regularly with a view to ensuring our collective security.

Allies are firmly committed to the preservation of effective international arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation. Therefore, we will continue to uphold, support, and further strengthen arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation, as a key element of Euro-Atlantic security, taking into account the prevailing security environment.

We continue to aspire to a constructive relationship with Russia, when Russia’s actions make that possible.

We urge Russia to use the remaining six months to return to full and verifiable compliance to preserve the INF Treaty.”

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Topboy

They cannot be detected quick enough, thus giving Russia a first strike capability in the European theatre

One ominous development that concerns me, is the mindset of contemplating the use of low yelled nuke warheads fitted to such advanced systems. Tactical nuke deployment is nothing new, remember ‘Honest John.’ but that was primarily a battlefield weapon. These new missiles and the like, could be targeted against industrial targets, which broadly means civilians. The use of such a weapon would not qualify for an all-out thermal nuclear exchange, which now appears to be an outdated scenario. If low yelled nukes are used, I believe reluctant acceptance after much protest, would be the most likely outcome as with chemical… Read more »

captain P Wash.

(Yield). sos.!!!

captain P Wash.

It’s the Translator in me !!!!

I’m glad you spotted that P Wash, I was wondering who would spot my deliberate mistake? Quote; Captain Mainwaring.

captain P Wash.

I only was able to spot it after the Second Deliberate mistake !!!!

Well, talking of Dad’s Army…..we’re doomed…doomed I say!

Elliott

“When will the United Nations have the tools to stop such idiocy?” – Never and I would sooner drop one of those tactical nukes on their headquarters before I ever considered it a good idea to give that batch of hyenas any power.

Jonathan

What did NY do to deserve that.

Elliott

Collateral damage.

Jonathan

Harsh very harsh

dave12

This new weapons race may work for us as Russia cant really afford it, This could be putins first major mistake strats wise.

Rob T

Other chickens are coming home to roost as well. Aside from the disastrous sinking of their only large dry dock, they have also made a complete pigs ear of the Su-57 project.

captain P Wash.

I heard they sank the dock whilst trying to land the SU-57 on the Deck. Apparently, despite Trials in the Eastern Med, They failed to land a single aircraft successfully.

Might be wrong though.
]There was rumour that Thick Black Belching Smoke was partially to blame.

Does this give the US an advantage in handling China now which the treaty previously limited?

captain P Wash.

YES, IT DOES. ( sorry for shouting btw. )

Daniele Mandelli

That’s the whole point of withdrawal.

They are concerned with Chinese missiles.

Elliott

Exactly. The Pentagon really doesn’t give a damn about Putin’s missile. This was just a excuse to build longer range tactical cruise missiles for the Pacific.

captain P Wash.

Finally, We got to the real reason.

captain P Wash.

If Anyone Is still reading this thread, go to YouTube and search “The Last Broadcast”. It’s pure fiction but kind of Worrying too.