Russia’s Foreign Ministry has responded to a report by the US State Department on arms control, which focused primarily on baseless allegations against Moscow, calling US diplomats out for “fact juggling” and “falsification.”
The annual report, titled “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments,” was recently presented by the Department of State to Congress. While the piece is basically an internal US document from one government body to another, it is primarily focused on activities of other nations – instead of providing an account of the US’ own activities, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
The American authorities use their traditional tactics of shifting responsibility in order to divert the attention of the international community from their own real efforts to break the decades-old system of treaties and agreements in the field of arms control.
The report yet again squarely blamed Moscow for the downfall of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which crumbled last year. The only reason behind the demise of one of the cornerstone arms control deals was “Russia’s failure to return to full and verifiable compliance with the treaty despite US efforts,” the State Department claimed.
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The document, however, neglected to mention the transparency Moscow had shown while trying to salvage the INF, in demonstrating the missiles that allegedly violated it. The US ‘efforts,’ in reality, were basically an ultimatum, demanding that Moscow destroy munitions which Washington claimed to be non-compatible with the agreement, the ministry said.
It also suggested the document appears to be laying groundwork to undermine other arms control agreements. The report accused Moscow of conducting “nuclear weapons-related experiments that have created nuclear yield,” admitting in the very next sentence that the US “does not know how many, if any, supercritical or self-sustaining nuclear experiments Russia conducted in 2019.” Apart from the self-admitted lack of any facts, the allegation is actually related to America’s own standard of “zero-yield” testing, to which Russia does not have to adhere, the ministry noted.
The real goal of such allegations is to divert attention away from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), a major agreement signed over 20 years ago – which the US has actually never ratified and so has never entered full force. Instead, Washington has a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear tests, and it looks like it’s getting ready to abandon that as well, triggering the downfall of the CTBT, the ministry suggested. (RT)
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