OREANDA-NEWS  Russia is ready to resume production of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles (INF) as soon as possible. This assessment was made by the head of the State Duma Committee on Defense Andrey Kartapolov, the Telegram channel Brief reports.

Kartapolov noted that the restoration of old factories will not be required to start the production of missiles, since new technologies exist. According to him, the INF is planned to be placed so that Western countries feel "as uncomfortable as possible."

In December 1987, the USSR and the United States signed the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF), which obliged the parties to destroy complexes with land-based missiles with a range of 1000-5500 kilometers and 500-1000 kilometers. In particular, the USSR destroyed the RSD-10 Pioneer ballistic missiles and the PK-55 cruise missiles. In February 2019, the United States began the procedure for withdrawing from the INF Treaty, and in August, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the termination of the treaty.