Missiles control: U.S. сalls for meeting with Russia over missile treaty dispute - RFE/RL

19:04 Oct. 20, 2016

U.S. сalls for meeting with Russia over missile treaty dispute - RFE/RL

The Kornet-EM multi-purpose long-range missile system designed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau, October 1, 2016, Moscow region, Russia (Photo by Artyom KorotayevTASS via Getty Images)

The United States has called for a special meeting with Russia over alleged violations of a landmark Cold War-era arms-control treaty, a policy reversal that echoes deepening U.S. fears about Moscow's intentions

Washington wants to discuss possible violations of arms-control treaty wth Moscow as soon as possible. The planned meeting of the Special Verification Commission, scheduled in the near future, focuses new attention on concerns about the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF).

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The treaty, which bans testing, producing, and possessing ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges between 500 to 5,500 kilometers, eliminated an entire class of missiles from Europe, and set up an extensive system of verification and compliance. The agreement was considered crucial in the thaw between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Two years ago, the United States first asserted that Russia was in violation of the treaty, by developing a missile system that fell within the INF prohibitions. Moscow denied the allegations, and later charged that U.S.-led efforts to install elements of a missile-defense system in Europe were in fact prohibited by the INF.

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