Kazakhstan asks for resolving of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty disputes

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The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on the 4th of August, regarding the U.S. statement of back-out from the INF treaty on the 2nd of August, how Kazakhstan still believes the U.S. and Russia will go over and solve their issues regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty through the many operational bilateral and multilateral platforms.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, commonly known as the INF Treaty, is a nuclear arms-control agreement decided upon in 1987 by the U.S. and the Soviet Union in which the 2 countries decided to abolish their stocks of intermediate and shorter-range land-based missiles (which could potentially support nuclear warheads). INF was the first arms-control treaty to eradicate a whole class of weapons systems.

The statement by Kazakh ministry read how regretful they are to see the U.S. backing off from the treaty which is one of the most significant factors that maintains and ensures international security.

On the 1st of February, the U.S. announced the suspension of its side of agreements in the treaty, giving Russia a final chance to fix its noncompliance, according to the statement by Michael Pompeo, the United Nations Secretary of State, on the 2nd of August. The official withdrawal took place on August 2, since Russia did not return to complete compliance, through the elimination of its noncompliant missile system.

According to Russia, it did not violate the INF treaty. In response to the 2nd February statement by the U.S., Russia too suspended the treaty. Then, on the 2nd of August, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, stated how the treaty had formally ceased to exist.

The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed how the termination of the INF treaty may prompt an arms race in many parts of the world and threaten world peace and security.