“I do not agree and reject”: the Kremlin, the state Duma and the Senate responded to the accusations by the US in the placement of banned missiles
Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov in response to the statements of the Pentagon and the US state Department that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF), repeated the comment about commitment to international obligations, including the INF Treaty in February.
“Russia was, is and will remain committed to all international obligations, including those arising from the INF Treaty. I want to recall the words of President Putin that it often happens that Russia remains committed to international obligations, even in situations when it is not it is in the interests of Russia, sometimes we have to be flexible in what we do” – quoted Peskov RIA “Novosti”.
“If you take the same situation with missiles short and medium range and look, for example, on the territory of the United States – it is Putin himself told, in my opinion, it was one of the interviews – in fact, around the USA there are no countries that can pose a threat, using missiles short and medium range”, – added the press Secretary of the President.
U.S. border with Mexico and Canada, and the threat of missiles short and medium range no. “In a situation with the Russian Federation and the situation with our Eurasian geopolitical position we have a completely different architecture possible threats to our security. Nevertheless, Russia still remains committed to its obligations, therefore, we do not agree, and we reject any accusations in this regard”, – said Peskov.
The same Peskov said on February 15, responding to the publication of the newspaper The New York Times reportedthat the Russian military has deployed a fully combat-ready unit of winged land-based missiles of a class “earth-earth”, but then he stressed that “no one has officially accused Russia of violating the INF” but the newspaper called “totally impersonal”. Now he repeated it, answering neobespechenie information.
On the eve of the deployment of cruise missiles, ground-based of the Russian Federation accused the Deputy Chairman of the joint chiefs of the General staffs of the armed forces of the USA Paul Selva and acting as the official representative of US state Department mark Toner.
Rocket, according to the USA, was moved in December from a test site in southern Russia on unspecified base operation, writes The New York Times in the material referenced by the website InoPressa.
“Even presenting the facts”: the prosecution commented in the state Duma and the Senate
The first Deputy head of the Duma Committee on defense Andrei Krasov called the allegations unfounded. “To make such allegations, that Russia puts missiles and could pose a threat to the targets of NATO… Well, let’s remember how NATO approached the borders. Isn’t NATO battalions stationed in the Baltic States, in Poland? Isn’t the United States of America along with their vassals in NATO deploy a global missile defense system in Poland and Romania, and in South Korea?” the MP said (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).
Moscow strictly adheres to all provisions of the INF Treaty, said the head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov. “Russia strictly follows the agreement signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev, although, according to our leadership, the decision was then taken not in the interests of the Soviet Union and then Russia, especially given the fact that the US is deploying its missile launchers and missile defense systems in some European countries,” he said.
Ozerov added that, in putting forward the charges, the American side has not presented any evidence. “Even presenting the facts of these violations. Groundless talk we’ve heard enough in the last time”, – concluded the Senator.
The head of the international Affairs Committee of the state Duma Leonid Slutsky also said that the evidence is not sounded. “We are not the first time we hear only the usual charges of the alleged violation by Russia of the INF Treaty. But not a single fact! Of course, there is the question of political bias with such statements”, – quotes Slutsky “Interfax”.
The Treaty of 1987 prohibits parties from possessing ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with a range of from 500 to
5,500 kilometers. Russia and the United States periodically put forward mutual accusations of violating INF Treaty signed in 1987.
Moscow and Washington began exchanging accusations regarding non-compliance with the contract amid the Ukrainian crisis. USA declares that
Moscow has violated the obligation not to produce the land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, launchers
the installation of these missiles. In turn, Russia insists that Washington violates the agreement, using attack drones and
by installing missiles in Eastern Europe.
At the end of March 2016 nuclear security summit in Washington US President Barack Obama has once again declared about the violations by Russia of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and
In 2015, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offered
“pereotsenit” international treaties, accusing NATO and the United States of undermining international security structures, particularly in Europe. In may
2016, after Obama pointed to violations of the Treaty by Russia, the Russian foreign Ministry reiteratedthat the deployment of US missile defense system in Europe threatens the safety and violates the Treaty on intermediate-range missiles.