The CSTO leaders have come out for preserving the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty.
"We reaffirm commitment to the principle of equal and indivisible security and express concern over the situation involving the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty in connection with US officials’ declared intention to quit it. We come out for preserving the viability of this agreement," the CSTO leaders said in a declaration signed by the CSTO Council on Thursday.
The CSTO leaders called for stepping up joint efforts in the struggle against all modern challenges and threats, including terrorism and related extremism, drug and weapons trafficking, trans-border crime, illegal migration and the use of information and telecommunication technologies for criminal purposes, TASS reports.
"We call once again for creating the widest anti-terrorist coalition under the aegis of the United Nations on the basis of compliance with the universally declared norms and principles of international law and note the importance of a code of conduct for achieving a terrorism-free world," the Declaration runs. "We are certain that effective struggle against terrorism will be impossible without plugging the channels of proliferation of terrorist and extremist ideologies and its financing from different sources, including incomes from drug trafficking."
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed participants in the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on the prospects of starting a talk with the US side on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
"Putin informed the summit participants in detail about the situation with strategic stability and arms control in the wake of the US decision to quit the INF Treaty, on the prospects of starting a talk with the American side on the INF Treaty," Peskov said.
Responding to a question about how the CSTO leaders reacted to Putin’s report on strategic stability in the wake of the US decision to quit the INF Treaty, the Kremlin spokesman noted: "No doubt, everyone perceives with interest this information because such steps as the US withdrawal from the treaty cannot but cause concern and this relates in general to the issue of global security."
US President Donald Trump said on October 20 that his country would quit the INF Treaty because Russia was allegedly in breach of that agreement. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov described this as a dangerous move. Washington was also criticized in Berlin and Beijing. In the meantime, London came out in support of the United States and NATO placed the responsibility for Trump’s decision on Russia, because in its opinion Moscow had apparently violated the treaty.
The INF Treaty was signed on December 8, 1987 and took effect on June 1, 1988. It outlawed deployed and non-deployed intermediate range (1,000-5,000 kilometers) and shorter range (500-1,000 kilometers) ground-based missiles. In recent years Washington has repeatedly alleged Russia was in breach of the agreement. Moscow emphatically dismissed the charges and countered them with its own claims over the United States’ non-compliance.