Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defence system sale to Japan

Russia's Foreign Ministry noted that the US deployment of missile defence systems at areas closer to Russia's western borders was against the terms mentioned in the 1987 INF Treaty. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Dec 30, 2017, 12.47 PM (IST)

Russia has accused the United States of violating a key arms treaty.

The United States recently sold a missile defence system to Japan which, according to Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, violated the treaty. 

Ryabkov's statement published on Russia's Foreign Ministry website noted that the US deployment of missile defence systems at areas closer to Russia's western borders was against the 1987 INF Treaty. 

The US is reported to have established its missile defence systems at military bases in Romania and Poland, sites closer to Russia. 

"The fact that such complexes could now appear on Russia's eastern borders creates a situation that we cannot ignore in our military planning," said Ryabkov. 

On Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the deployment of the US missile defence system would have a negative impact on relations between Tokyo and Moscow. 

"We consider the step made by the Japanese side as going against efforts of ensuring peace and stability in the region," Zakharova said, adding that Moscow has "deep regret and serious concern" over the move. 

Japan has been making efforts to bolster its missile defence system against 'threats' from North Korea. 

On December 19 it announced the introduction of the American Aegis missile interceptor system. 

Japan is likely to buy long-range cruise missiles from the US and also aims to propose $46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year. 

(With inputs from agencies)