Saturday, 10 April 2021

Russia denies its missile violates INF treaty

The Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system © Mikhail Voskresenskiy © Sputnik

MOSCOW: The Russian 9M729 land-based cruise missile, contrary to the allegations of the United States, does not fall under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), senior Russian officials said.

“Russia has fulfilled and continues to strictly observe the provisions of the treaty and does not allow any violations,” said Lt.-Gen. Mikhail Matveyevsky, Chief of the Missile Troops and Artillery Branch of the Russian Armed Forces.

He spoke at a news briefing on the cruise missile for military attaches and Russian and foreign media, saying that the United States uses the missile to accuse Russia of violating the 1987 treaty and threatens to abandon it.

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