“An exchange of opinions on problems of arms control was discussed,
including in the context of the implementation by the parties of the
Treaty on the Elimination of their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Ranger
Missiles,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack
Obama had informed Russian President Vladimir Putin in a letter on
Monday that, by testing a new cruise missile, Russia was violating the
provisions of the said treaty, known also as the Intermediate-range
Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). The newspaper said Obama
“underscored his interest in a high-level dialogue with Moscow with the
aim of preserving the 1987 treaty and discussing steps the Kremlin might
take to come back into compliance.”
The U.S. has claimed that Russia has been testing a new
ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the INF Treaty since
2008. The U.S. notified its NATO allies of Moscow’s possible violation
of the treaty back in early 2014.