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The defense Ministry does not link the destruction of the INF Treaty with the activities of China

Russia does not consider China's activities in the missile field as a security threat and cause for the destruction of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), told reporters Deputy head of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin.

"We do not consider China's activities in the missile field as a security threat, and the more so, as the reason for the destruction of the INF Treaty", he said.

The US administration at different levels emphasizes the need for the inclusion of China in the negotiation of a new trilateral nuclear agreement between Russia, China and the United States. In Beijing, this idea is rejected.

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.