Official Statement on Russian Federation violations of INF Treaty Obligations

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

“We do not comment on intelligence matters. The United States takes seriously its international commitments and arms control obligations.   As detailed most recently in the 2016 Compliance Report, the Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles. We have made very clear our concerns about Russia’s violation, the risks it poses to European and Asian security, and our strong interest in Russia returning to compliance with the Treaty.  The Administration is undertaking an extensive review of Russia’s ongoing INF Treaty violation in order to assess the potential security implications for the United States and its allies and partners.”