German foreign Minister Heiko Maas is calling on Russia in the dispute over one of the most important nuclear disarmament treaties to relent. “The key, in order to preserve the INF Treaty is in Moscow,” said the SPD politician of the “world on Sunday”.

Russia has broken the contract “by it have developed a prohibited cruise missile, and its armed forces are introduced”. Maas stressed that Russia must “verifiably disarm”, in order to preserve the contract.

The INF Treaty on nuclear medium-range systems (Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces) was concluded in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union. He is obliged both sides to the abolition of all land-based ballistic missiles and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers. At the same time, he also says the production and testing of such systems.

to violate The United States accuse Russia, however, for some time, with the development of the Cruise missile with the name 9M729 (Nato-Code: SSC-8) against the contract. Russia denies that and has accused, in return, the United States on several occasions a breach of contract.

in early December, had set the United States Moscow an Ultimatum of 60 days, to the destruction of the cruise missile pledge. Russia’s Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, the Interfax news Agency that the Ultimatum was unacceptable.

Earlier, Nato had not excluded Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is a discussion on a nuclear retrofit in Europe. Russia should stick to its cruise missiles of the type SSC-8, stay on the defence Alliance “is nothing else left but to respond,” said the Norwegian, the German press Agency in an Interview at the turn of the year. On possible elements of a response he didn’t want to speculate, however, as this “would make a difficult Situation more difficult”. Basically, there are “many different ways, such as Nato, might respond”.

Mr Stoltenberg stressed that he was committed to the dialogue with Moscow. However, it should be Russia, the break-currently the INF Treaty on the renunciation of nuclear medium-range weapons. “Currently, there are no new US cruise missiles in Europe, but there is a new Russian cruise missiles,” he said. The SSC-8 is for mobile use, with nuclear warheads to equip, and could reach European cities. If Russia Treaty will not again true, it was “a big Problem”.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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