US Seeks to Denounce Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty - British Expert
Politicians in Washington for a long time have accused Moscow of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The lack of concrete evidence does not prevent the "hawks" from demanding from the White House the deployment of US precision-guided munition in Europe. Moreover, the "hotheads" in the Congress are urging the Pentagon to provide to the European allies the technologies for the production of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
At the same time, military experts do not exclude that the US, accusing Russia of violating the INF Treaty, is simply looking for a justified pretext for unilateral withdrawal from the agreement.
"The Washington's logic is extremely clear: the document seriously limits the US military potential, and, consequently, the possibility of forceful pressure on unwanted regimes. Strategists in the White House have already learned how to invent the reasons for agreements's denunciation. After all, in 2001 the Americans withdrew from the ABM Treaty, arguing this step by the need to protect Europe from Iranian missiles", Kon Kohlin, British military analyst, says.
Russian colleagues also agree with him.
Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev claims that Washington is advantageous to deploy banned missiles in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East in order to strengthen military power.
"US aircraft carriers can be attacked by Chinese intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. It is very likely that Washington intends to place banned land-based missiles on Japanese islands. And the deployment of missiles in the Middle East will deter Iran", expert says.
He also doubts that Russia will violate the provisions of the INF Treaty or intend to denounce it.