SOCHI, May 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called to reckon with the changing military-political situation in the world, as well as with the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, when making decisions about the development of the defense sector.
"It is necessary to take into account the changing military-political situation in the world which is adversely impacting regional and global security. I mean first of all the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and a number of other factors," Putin said when opening a regular series of government meetings on the development of Russia’s defense sector.
US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced on February 1 that Washington suspends implementation of its liabilities under the INF Treaty from the following day and will quit the treaty in a six-month period unless Russia takes steps to return to implementing the Treaty’s provisions. On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin also announced suspension of Russia’s participation in the Treaty. He pledged however that Russia would not deploy such systems as long as "American weapons of such class are not deployed in corresponding regions."