Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty “has long been made,” speaking to the press in Moscow on Wednesday.

Putin went on to say that the decision was made “sneakily” since the “US Congress allocated money for R&D” for the creation of intermediate-range and short-range missiles, banned within the treaty, before Washington announced its intention to withdraw from the INF.

Putin then went on to say the US “started to think whom they could shuffle blame onto. Well, to say ‘Russia is to blame’ is the easiest and the most habitual thing for an ordinary Western person.”

Putin also mentioned that Russia opposes the annulment of the INF Treaty, but will “react accordingly” if it happens.

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