"The treaty is a cornerstone of the architecture of arms reduction of the 1980s-1990s. The Left [Die Linke] party advocates the treaty's rescue… We have to realize that the European security should be ensured by the Europeans themselves and not to delegate the security of our continent to the United States," Neu said.
According to the German lawmaker, if the United States finally pulls out from the treaty, the EU states should renounce the possibility to deploy the US medium-range and cruise missiles on the European territory.
The statement was made after earlier in the day US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty on Saturday and will begin a six-month withdrawal process unless Russia comes back into compliance with it.
Russia has refuted allegations of breaching the agreement and complained that launchers of US defence systems in Europe are capable of firing cruise missiles at ranges banned by the INF accord. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said that the overall responsibility for what had been happening with the treaty lied with the United States as it has taken an absolutely destructive position on it.
The INF Treaty was signed between the United States and the Soviet Union back in 1987 and prohibited the development of ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (from 311 to 3,317 miles).
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