Russia intends to mobilize the world community in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in the light of the US statements about intention to withdraw from the agreement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS.
According to Ryabkov, Russia considers the INF Treaty to be "the cornerstone of European and global security." "In the coming days, maybe even hours, we will take measures, at the UN and at other venues, to mobilize international support to preserve the treaty," the Russian diplomat said.
"We expect that sensible forces will come forward in its defense. We think that stopping this destructive policy is in everyone’s interests to prevent slipping into a situation where one option is worse than the other," he added.
When asked whether the US decision was considered a done deal in Russia, the diplomat answered affirmatively and added, "There is no way back and the point of no return has been passed, according to our estimates."