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02.08.2019

Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the demise of the INF Treaty

Question: The US has formally withdrawn from a key nuclear treaty. How does Russia assess the situation around the INF?

Press Secretary: The US decided to pull out of the INF Treaty under a false pretext of Russia’s non-compliance with the agreement. Our country has done everything possible to save the Treaty, including by making unprecedented proposals of transparency. However, Washington continued its reckless and dangerous way to demolish the pact.  

It is worth stressing that Moscow, nevertheless, has a credible list of US violation of the Treaty, which has been repeatedly presented to our partners. It consists of the following:

- Production, testing and illegitimate use of intermediate- and shorter-range “target missiles” beyond what was authorized by the Treaty. So called “target missiles” have characteristics identical to ground-launched intermediate- and shorter-range ballistic missiles and are used by the US in tests declared to be anti-missile defence testing, but in multiple cases without physical intercept. Covering instead the whole missile flight cycle, i.e. from the launch to the impact of the re-entering payload, thus representing tests of weapon-delivery vehicles, allowing for maintaining and developing technological, industrial and combat capabilities of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles that were banned by the INF Treaty. Violation taking place since 1999, immediately raised by Russia at the Special Verification Commission (SVC).

- Production, testing and use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that completely match the Treaty definition of ground-launched cruise missiles (“an unmanned, self-propelled vehicle that sustains flight through the use of aerodynamic lift over most of its flight path […] that is a weapon-delivery vehicle”). Armed UAVs have nearly the same combat potential as GLCMs and can accomplish tasks similar to those accomplished by ground-launched intermediate-range and shorter-range cruise missiles. Violation taking place since 2001, immediately raised by Russia at the SVC.

In 2003 US refused to further discuss “target missiles” and armed UAVs at SVC, thus suspending its activities which resumed only in 2016, but still without any US steps to assuage Russian concerns.

- Production, testing and deployment in Romania (2015) and Poland (underway) of a ground-based version of Mk-41 universal launchers (as part of the Aegis Ashore sites), capable of launching Tomahawk intermediate-range cruise missiles. This runs contrary to the provisions of the Treaty and notably to the compromise understanding reached while negotiating the Treaty that the complete destruction of the land-based infrastructure for the cross-platform Tomahawk missiles would reliably prevent their deployment on land while preserving the sea-based variant. Violation taking place since 2014, immediately raised by Russia through diplomatic channels. Still no US’ steps to assuage Russian concern.

 

2 August 2019, 17:00

 

 

 




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