"Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will maintain a moratorium on the deployment [of these weapons] in Europe and other regions until the United States deploys", Rogov said. "If the US will join Russia in non-deployment, then we could have major elements of the regime preserved".
The Russian political scientist expressed cautious optimism on the prospects for such a development. "Theoretically, it is real. Practically, it is possible if the US administration agrees with that", Rogov said on the sidelines of the 2019 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
Meanwhile, the United States will begin production on parts for ground-launched cruise missile systems, the Pentagon said Monday. However, the Pentagon said the efforts would be conventional and not nuclear, Reuters reported Monday.
On 2 February, the United States formally suspended its obligations under the INF Treaty and triggered the six-month withdrawal process. Washington has said it would terminate this procedure if Russia agreed to remain compliant with the pact.
The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and then-US President Ronald Reagan. The leaders agreed to destroy all cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 and 3,400 miles).
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