UPDATED 9:26 AM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019
The Russian ambassador to the U.S. is calling the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty a “crisis of security for Europe.”
While speaking Monday, Anatoly Antonov said the U.S. decision to withdraw from the INF indicates the “U.S. needs such type of missiles.” He said Russia will wait and see when the U.S. starts production of missiles and where they will deploy them, adding, the move will not increase security in the U.S. or Europe.
While tensions between Russia and the U.S. remain high, he didn’t rule out the possibility of future cooperation.
“I would like to say that we will not try to press on the United States to speed up the process of restoration of our relations,” said Antonov. “We understand atmosphere in Washington and I hope that this toxic dust in air of Washington will disappear.”
Antonov pointed out there is still an opportunity for both the U.S. and Russia to cooperate in Afghanistan, saying both have experience within the country.