UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The European Union on Sunday called on Russia to take “immediate” measures to ensure respect for the medium-range nuclear missile treaty, which Moscow officially approved in early July to suspend its participation.
“We are very concerned about the developments associated with the medium-range nuclear missile treaty, which could expire on August 2, 2019,” EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
The treaty was concluded during the Cold War, but US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal in February, and Moscow responded by suspending its participation. Both sides are accused of violating the treaty.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 3 approved a decision to suspend Russia’s participation in the treaty.
The withdrawal of the two countries would lead to the termination of the Treaty on 2 August unless progress was made in that framework.
The agreement was signed in 1987 during the Cold War and allowed for the removal of ballistic missiles and transcontinental ballistic missiles “SS 20” Russian and “Pershing” published in Europe.
“The coming days represent the last opportunity for dialogue and to take the necessary measures to maintain an important element in the European security architecture,” Mugherini said.
It called on Russia to “respond effectively to the concerns” associated with the “development, testing and deployment of its 9M 729 surface-to-air missile system and concerns about non-compliance with the medium-range nuclear missile treaty.”
“Essential and effective measures must be taken immediately to ensure full and verifiable respect for the provisions of the text.
The treaty, which bans the deployment of 500 to 5,500 km of land-based missiles in Europe, is the cornerstone of curbing proliferation.
And threatens to cancel the new START agreement negotiated between Russia and the United States to reduce the fixed platforms of strategic nuclear warheads, raising fears in the European Union of the possibility of a new arms race.
“NATO’s response will be coordinated and defensive if it turns out that it is impossible to save the medium-range nuclear missile treaty,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on July 5. NATO is demanding that Russia destroy its new missile system before August 2.
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