It was US President Trump who said that he was not satisfied with this agreement and intended to withdraw from the INF Treaty. At the NATO meeting, Russia was accused of violation of the treaty, RISS expert recalled.
The meeting participants cited tests of Russian missiles 9М729. At the same time, ground tests of the sea-based Caliber cruise missile do not violate the INF Treaty. But it is the Americans who are breaking the agreement. The deployment of the US Mk-41 launching systems in Europe, which can be used to launch Standard anti-missiles complexes and Tomahawk cruise missiles, contradicts the INF Treaty. Moscow slams Washington over development of long-range strike systems (such as Predator or Reaper) and target missiles. The US, in its turn, justifies the withdrawal from the INF Treaty by the fact that it does not have enough military power to resist China.
Moscow offers to resolve the INF Treaty issue at the NATO-Russia Council. But NATO is under the US pressure now. NATO Secretary General has already stated that the Alliance in future may terminate the treaty. This could aggravate the international situation. Europeans are now seriously concerned, as for the first time since the Cold War they smelled a real military threat to their security, the analyst underscored.