Matviyenko wrote on her blog on the Russian upper house's website that the United States brought the world to the edge, crossing which may bring some irreversible consequences. Particularly, this concerns the gradual undermining of arms control treaties, including the INF Treaty, by Washington, according to the upper house chair.
"But [it was done] not to boost the arms race. Maintaining the necessary security level for our country and its citizens in the current situation will be ensured by implementing military and technical measures within the framework of the Russian budget’s defence items," Matviyenko pointed out.
Last week, the United States said it was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting from February 2 and would start the withdrawal process, which would be completed within six months unless Moscow remedied its alleged violations of the bilateral arms control deal.
On February 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow also suspended its obligations under the treaty in response to the US move.