The U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty was planned in advance, said the Ministry of defence

The US withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty) was planned in advance is groundless to accuse Russia of violating the agreement, told reporters Deputy head of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin.

He was commenting on former adviser to Donald trump on national security John Bolton, who wrote in his memoirs that Russia allegedly supported the American arguments about the loss of relevance of the INF Treaty.

"We believe that the US withdrawal from this agreement had been planned in advance, and the accusations of Russia in violation of the agreement is groundless," - said Fomin.

The destruction of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF), one of the pillars of the global system of strategic stability, occurred after the U.S. decision in August 2019 to get out of it, ostensibly because of violations on the part of Russia. Washington has accused Moscow of developing and testing prohibited missiles 9М729 (SSC-8 according to NATO classification).

In Moscow claim that the missile has allowed a range of less than 500 kilometers. China was not a party to the INF Treaty. This fact the United States also explained its intention to leave the agreement.