- Putin Says Unclear Why Soviet Union Unilaterally Disarmed After Sighing INF Treaty With US
Putin Says Unclear Why Soviet Union Unilaterally Disarmed After Sighing INF Treaty With US
It is not clear why the Soviet Union's leadership decided to disarm unilaterally upon concluding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
"Let me remind you that it [INF Treaty] was signed in 1987. I already said, in my opinion, maybe even to this audience, what did the signed agreement mean? It meant that medium and shorter range missiles were eliminated, and these are missiles from 500 kilometers [311 miles] to 5,000 kilometers.
Ground-based missiles were eliminated, and the Soviet Union did not have others, the United States had both sea and air-based missiles, but we did not. Therefore, from the point of view of the Soviet Union, this was unilateral disarmament. Only God knows why did the leadership of the Soviet Union agree to this one-sided disarmament, but this was done, and our partners continued to develop such systems, I repeat, sea- and air-based," Putin said at an extended session of the Russian Defense Ministry panel.