An agreement concluded between the Soviet Union and the United States of America prohibits the parties from storing and using ground-based ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 1000 and 1000 to 5500 kilometers.
It is believed that today the INF Treaty is more advantageous to the Russian Federation, because, if the US leaves it, the Russian territory will be shot through by American missiles deployed around its perimeter in Eastern Europe and Asia. Missiles of a similar class launched from Russia will only be able to hit targets in the sparsely populated Alaska.
Despite this, the United States has consistently accused Moscow of trying to circumvent the terms of the treaty. Earlier, the New York Times published materials that in our country, secretly designed, tested and deployed cruise missiles under the index 9M729, assuming ground-based. The Russian side denies the allegations. There are well-founded assumptions that Washington itself is interested in withdrawing from the INF Treaty with a view to freely developing its rearmament program.