Moscow was quite surprised to learn about the statements by the NATO Secretary General on the topic of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). We hope that the Secretary General will not dispute that this Treaty was concluded in December 1987 between the USSR and the United States rather than between the USSR and NATO or Russia and NATO. If the nature of his concerns in his statement is related to the observation of provisions of this document, then he should not address us, but rather one of members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is a party to this Treaty.
It is not a secret that the main problems with its implementation occurred many times because of the United States. These are launches of target-missiles of missile defence, armed drones, and Mk-41 systems, which can launch intermediate-range cruise missiles.