The United States authorities demanded to convene the Special verification Commission under the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF). The reason was suspicion of Washington against Russia, which, according to the United States, violates the terms of the contract. It is expected that at the meeting of the Commission of the Russian Federation will give the rebuttal, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The decision to convene the CCM accepted after years of failed bilateral attempts to force Russia to respect the Treaty, said in the article, which quotes InoPressa. The growing discord between Washington and Moscow is now threatening to destroy the system of arms control, designed to minimize the risk of mass destruction.

Special verification Commission has not met for 16 years. As the newspaper notes, citing us officials, the meeting could take place in the coming weeks, and Moscow will be obliged to provide evidence of compliance with the terms of the INF Treaty.

Yesterday, October 19, the chairmen of two committees of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Barack Obama with a proposal to introduce sanctions against Russia for a possible violation of the INF agreement. The Republicans also proposed to take retaliatory military steps, reports TASS. In 2015, the States have already considered such measures.

Edition of The New York Times , citing intelligence sources says that Russia is sufficiently advanced in the development of new medium-range missiles and may soon put it into service. American authorities fear that Russia produces more missiles than needed to maintain the flight test program.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, commenting on the publication of the NYT, wrote in his Facebook: “We respect the treaties and respect for their own safety.” Earlier, the Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said that the United States can’t explain their claim. “Our contacts on the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range are not public, he said. – For me, this dialogue produces a strong impression that the USA is not able to explain the claims in the INF Treaty”.

Mutual accusations of violating INF Treaty

The INF Treaty was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987 and came into force in 1988. the Parties have pledged to destroy its missiles average (one thousand – 5.5 thousand kilometers) and shorter (500 – one thousand km) range and ancillary facilities. By 1991, the agreement was executed, before 2001, was mutual inspections. While other countries, including European ones, can still have such missiles in service.

Moscow and Washington began exchanging accusations regarding non-compliance with the contract amid the Ukrainian crisis. The United States said that Moscow had violated the obligation not to produce the land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, launchers of these missiles. In turn, Russia believes that Washington violates the agreement, using attack drones and installing missiles in Eastern Europe.

At the end of March this year at the nuclear security summit in Washington US President Barack Obama again declared about the violations by Russia of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range.

In Russia, too, don’t disappear for claims against the United States. In 2015, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “In the framework of creation of global missile defense, Washington has launched a large-scale program for the creation of target missiles with characteristics similar or close to the INF Treaty banned land-based ballistic missiles”. He 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 reiterated: the deployment of U.S. missile defense in Europe threatens the safety and violates the Treaty on intermediate-range missiles.

The U.S. convene for the first 16 years the Commission for the Treaty on the elimination of missiles, to hear from the Russian proof of compliance with 20.10.2016

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