New Russian ICBM warheads were developed in response to America’s plans to deploy a global missile defense system along Russia's borders. Pictured: The RS-26 Rubezh.Sergey Kazak / RIA Novosti
Russia and the United States are interested in settling all complaints concerning the non-implementation of the 1987 INF Treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the elimination of their intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles as soon as possible, Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky, former director of the Russian Defense Ministry's international treaties department, has said.
"I sincerely hope that we will be able to reach an agreement and will stop accusing each other of violating this treaty. In my opinion, neither they nor we want to ruin it," Buzhinsky told Interfax-AVN on Feb.5.
The Russian expert offered his comments in response to a statement made by U.S. Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, who said that Russia and the United States had made progress in resolving problems linked with violations of the INF Treaty.
"As for the question concerning the extent to which issues surrounding the INF Treaty could actually be resolved, probably, certain progress has been made, indeed, if Gottemoeller speaks about it. But only those who are holding these talks know about it - the Defense Ministry and the Foreign Ministry," he said.
At the same time, Buzhinsky noted that mutual complaints regarding the non-implementation of this treaty can be settled.
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