Earlier, Politico reported that leading Republican congressmen have urged the White House to pull out from the treaty. Currently, the White House is engaged in fierce debate over the matter.
"These are provocative calls, taking into account the fact that the treaty is very important for both the US and Russia. Washington’s withdrawal would unleash a new arms race and result in global military and political destabilization. This is why Russia hopes that those calls are not reflective of the policy of the Trump administration," Russian military expert and journalist Igor Korotchenko told Sputnik.
According to Korotchenko, the allegations of Russia violating the treaty are groundless and artificial.
The expert underscored that Russia’s missile systems currently in service do not contradict the treaty and Moscow strictly complies with its provisions.
"Russia is not interested in pulling out from the INF Treaty. Moscow hopes that the Donald Trump administration will also take a balanced approach to observing the deal," Korotchenko said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has repeatedly said that Moscow was in full compliance with the INF treaty. According to Lavrov, Moscow had its own concerns over Washington's compliance with the INF Treaty and that the Russian side had repeatedly called on US partners to substantially discuss the most controversial points related to the agreement's implementation.
In February, US media reported that Russia had deployed nuclear cruise missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. In March, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva said in a congressional testimony that the United States aims to "look for leverage points" seeking Russia's compliance with the treaty.