INF Treaty suspended in Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The relevant document was posted on Wednesday on the official legal information website.
"Suspend the [INF] Treaty between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America on the elimination of their medium- and short-range missiles, signed in Washington on 8 December 1987", the document, in particular, reads.
In a separate development on Wednesday, Putin addressed the international forum Development of Parliamentarism, organised by the Russian lower house of Parliament, during which he specifically stressed that certain states' persistent reluctance to accept the world's multipolarity results in escalating tensions and undermines strategic stability.
He added that given the difficult and controversial global agenda, with the world facing multiple threats, the global community needs cooperation, free exchange of opinions, trust, and mutual understanding.