Statement on Russia's failure to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty
We appreciate the efforts the United States have undertaken to engage Russia with a view to preserving the INF treaty.
In spite of such efforts, Russia failed to take demonstrable steps towards returning to full and verifiable compliance and remains in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty.
A treaty can only work if both signatories continue to fulfil their respective obligations. It is highly unfortunate that in its efforts aimed at obtaining strategic dominance, Russia is undermining the credibility of arms control system and weakening existing security architecture.
Therefore, as stated by NATO earlier today, we, the Allies, support the United States in its decision to suspend its obligations and to provide the requisite six-month written notice of its withdrawal under article XV of the INF Treaty.
Together with our Allies, we shall be reviewing the security implications of Russian intermediate-range missiles on NATO’s defensive posture, and will continue to work together to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the Alliance’s ability to defend and deter.
Lithuania remains committed to the preservation of international effective arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation regimes.
On June 18 a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to express profound concern about the recent legislative initiative of State Duma deputy A. Zhuravlev to revoke USSR Supreme Council Resolution of 24 December 1989 condemning of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocols, which divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influences and paved the way to invading Poland in 1939 and led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.
On 2 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers by secure videoconference for the first time in the Alliance’s history. The meeting discussed the Alliance’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, NATO’s role in the Middle East and North Africa region. NATO Ministers also exchanged their views on Russia, arms control, and relations with partners.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “presidential elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on March 22, 2020.
This statement is delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the return of Ukrainian citizens who were illegally captured and detained by Russia. Among the released prisoners is Oleh Sencov, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2018, Edem Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist and other political prisoners, as well as 24 sailors captured during the aggressive actions of Russia in the Strait of Kerch in 2018. We share the joy of the families of those released and wish them a prompt recovery.