Russian mission to UN says introduced draft UNGA resolution on INF treaty preservation

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15: Russia has introduced to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution in support of the preservation of the Russian-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in the wake of Washington suspending its obligations under the deal, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, the spokesman of the Russian mission to the United Nations, said.

In early December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would suspend its adherence to the INF Treaty within 60 days unless Russia returned to full compliance of the agreement. Moscow has repeatedly said that it is not violating the INF treaty.

“The Russian Federation has introduced to the UN General Assembly on 14 December a draft resolution in support of the preservation and compliance with the INF Treaty, which calls upon all Parties to comply with their obligations under this Agreement and resolve questions relating to compliance with the obligations assumed by using mechanisms under the Treaty,” Strzhizhovsky told reporters.

“The Russian Federation attaches great importance to the preservation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the termination of which could seriously undermine international WMD non-proliferation and Arms Control mechanisms. The unilateral actions by the US on effectively initiating a procedure of ‘suspending’ their participation in the Treaty, a step not envisaged in this Agreement, put the future of the INF Treaty in jeopardy,” the spokesman added.