“In the state Department bad own merits”
Diplomats of Russia and the USA continued debate on the INF Treaty and Syria.
The message of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly, partly devoted to the rearmament of the Russian army, has not gone unnoticed in the United States. The us state Department accused Moscow of violating the Treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) — in response to what the Russian Ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov recalled the “serious concerns of performance of the contract from the USA”. Again exchanged, the parties and accusations of destabilizing the situation in Syria. Against this background, on Friday it was announced: negotiations of depodesta of the Russian Federation and the United States “to eliminate irritants in the bilateral relationship” has been postponed indefinitely.
Charges of intermediate and short range
Commenting on the speech of Vladimir Putin, the state Department spokesman Heather Nauert said: some of the weapons, announced by President of the Russian Federation, do not correspond to the INF Treaty.
This is particularly of concern to us. They (the Russian authorities.— “Y”) failed to comply in 2014, developing medium-range missiles and land-based cruise missiles.Heather Northpinellas the representative of US state Department
Recall that in his message, Vladimir Putin talked about the new strategic nuclear hypersonic weapons, rassekrechen part of their characteristics as well as about other new weapons. In particular, speaking about the system “Kinzhal” (the aircraft-interceptor MiG-31, equipped with aeroballistic hypersonic missile with all-weather head part), the President said: “the Rocket carries on to maneuver all areas of the flight path, delivering to the target at a distance of more than 2 thousand km of nuclear and conventional warheads”. No less applause in the hall caused the reference to “Avant — garde” – a rocket complex of strategic purpose, are equipped with cruise planning unit. “He’s able to fly in the dense layers of the atmosphere at Intercontinental range, at hypersonic speeds, exceeding Mach number more than 20 times”, — said Vladimir Putin.
Apparently, the state Department’s poor own merits. In the message it was on strategic arms, which do not fall under the restrictions of the INF Treaty.Anatoly Antonospora of the Russian Federation in the USA
He said that “Russia developing its nuclear capability, has not violated any agreement in the field of disarmament and arms control”, in contrast to the United States.
According to the diplomat, Russia “there are serious concerns on the performance of the contract from the USA”.
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Recall that Russia and the United States have long traded accusations in connection with the INF Treaty signed in 1987, document was the first allowed to eliminate an entire class of weapons (Moscow and Washington have pledged to destroy all systems of ballistic and cruise land-based missiles of intermediate and short range, and not to have such missiles in the future).
As earlier wrote “Kommersant”, USA 2014 argue that in 2008-2011 the Russian military in violation of the Treaty was tested at the Kapustin Yar cruise land-based missile range of 500 km (it is about 9М729). A week ago the President of the United States Donald trump instructed the heads of the state Department, Pentagon and National intelligence to prepare a report on possible violations by Russia of the INF Treaty and the Treaty on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3) through the deployment of ballistic missile RS-26 — the one about which told on Thursday Vladimir Putin at the mention of the complex “Avangard”.
In turn, in Moscow argue that the US violation of the INF Treaty in three ways: by placing in Europe launchers (MK 41), which hypothetically can be used to place cruise missiles; using the target missile, similar in characteristics to the intermediate-range and shorter-range ground-based; increasing the production and use of armed drones. “So the anti-Russian propaganda campaign in the context of the INF Treaty gives all the more reason to talk about the fact that Washington took a course to withdraw from this agreement, as there at the time withdrew from the Treaty on the limitation of anti-ballistic missile systems”, — stressed in this connection Anatoly Antonov.
“In the United States — predictable bursts of hysteria, wrote on his Twitter page Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov.— However, the “new arms race” started not Russia. It was opened by US when we decided to build a missile defense base near the Russian border, and then announced the creation of new types of nuclear weapons. Now they don’t like our answer. But the accusations are wrong”.