"Russia closely adheres to its obligations which it undertook with this treaty, and intends to continue adhering to these obligations. Therefore, such an instruction, if it really happened, is bewildering," Peskov told reporters.
According to the Kremlin spokesman, Russia regrets Washington's "excessive keenness" for sanctions.
The constant threats of sanctions against Russia on the part of the United States are regrettable, Dmitry Peskov said commenting on the US President Donald Trump's instruction to the State Department to prepare a plan to impose additional restrictions on Moscow because of alleged violations of the provisions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
The INF Treaty was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan on December 8, 1987. The Treaty prohibits the development, deployment and testing of medium-range and shorter-range ballistic missiles and ground-launched cruise missiles. The sides also pledged to eliminate all launchers and ground-based missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers. The United States and Russia have constantly accused each other of violating the treaty.
On Calls to Blow Up Crimean Bridge
Peskov described the Washington Examiner's article calling on Kiev to "blow up" Crimean Bridge as insane, adding that the piece should be scrutinized by the law enforcement agencies, including those of the United States.
"It can be assessed as madness. I can even say that it is just an ugly manifestation of low-quality journalism, though close to the calls which should be scrutinized by law enforcement agencies, including those of the United States," Peskov told reporters.
On Tuesday, the Washington Examiner released an article urging Kiev to "destroy elements of the bridge." According to the article, Ukraine has means to carry out strikes that would not cause casualties, but "render it at least temporarily unusable."