“US President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is not surprising to us but we hoped that the common sense would prevail. It is obvious that the United States has no evidence proving Russia’s violations of the treaty’s provisions,” a member of the Russian parliament’s upper house’s defense committee, Frants Klintsevich, told Sputnik.
The lawmaker pointed out that Trump’s decision to leave the INF Treaty was not in line with the interests of its European allies.
“[The United States] wants to drag us, like the Soviet Union, into an arms race. It will not succeed. I have no doubts that our country will manage to ensure its security under any circumstances,” Klintsevich added.