News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
30 July 2014
Poland notes with concern the findings of a US Department of State report, dated 29 July 2014, on the non-compliance by the Russian Federation with the 1987 treaty on the full elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty - missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers). The INF Treaty is one of the foundations of the arms control and nuclear disarmament regime, which has eliminated an entire category of weaponry and made a significant contribution to enhancing security in Europe. Its undermining would represent a serious challenge to Europe’s security.
We expect the Russian Federation to use the opportunity afforded to it, among others, by the consultation mechanism with the United States, and provide comprehensive explanations about reservations concerning the appropriate implementation of the INF Treaty, and to return to the observance of the Treaty, thereby fulfilling its international obligations.
The current situation reaffirms the importance of NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy, which was adopted along with the Strategic Concept at the Alliance’s Lisbon summit in 2010. Poland will hold consultations with its NATO allies on the information about Russia’s non-compliance with the INF Treaty with a view to fully clarifying the issue.
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