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US misinforms Russia about its implementation of INF Treaty — Russian foreign ministry

MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. The United States is deliberately misinforming Russia about implementation of its liabilities under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Russian foreign ministry said after the publication of the US Department of State’s 2017 Compliance Report.

"Washington gives intentionally false information about ‘implementation’ of its liabilities under the INF Treaty. For years, the United States has been simply ignoring Russia’s serious concerns stemming from the implementation of this treaty by the US side," the ministry said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed at a number of violations, committed by the US.

One of them is the deployment of the Aegis Ashore systems in Romania and Poland. Those systems feature universal vertical Mk.41 launchers that can be used to fire both Standard 3 anti-missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

In addition, the increasing production of strike drones in the United States also constitutes a clear violation of the treaty, the ministry said.

"For many years, the United States has been increasing the production and use of strike drones," the ministry said. "Such equipment clearly falls under the treaty’s definition of land-based cruise missiles."

Moscow has repeatedly pointed out at those violations but "received no constructive feedback so far.".