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American experts carrying out inspections under the Treaty on strategic offensive arms (start-3) will visit the Votkinsk plant, which produces solid-fuel missile complexes. About it reports “Kommersant”.
The contract between “Roskosmos” and the factory, which meant allocation on the admission of experts from the United States about 200 thousand rubles, was terminated. The publication notes that this could be due to the failure of the defense Ministry of Russia a serial production of the newest Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) RS-26 “Frontier”.
Only the American side was to hold the plant until 2020, three inspections, however, since the signing of the contract in March 2018 none of them has taken place. The allocated funds were intended for the meeting to ten Americans at the airport, delivering them to the plant, accommodation and maintenance facilities. “Roscosmos” insisted on limiting the number of persons admitted for self-organization and maintenance of the inspection unit of the United States. Also required to implement the access of specialists to the objects strictly in accordance with the plans and route.
Commenting on the cancellation of the contract, the defense Ministry said that the plant in Votkinsk was repeatedly used in the beginning of the implementation of the start-3 Treaty to demonstrate the new type of ICBM “YARS”. “At the same Votkinsk plant is not subject to control by the start-3 Treaty. In this regard, the conduct of inspections at the Votkinsk plant is not planned”, — noted in Department.
The Russian foreign Ministry, in turn, said that inspectors from the United States may strictly specified limits to visit the place for the elimination of ballistic missiles at the Votkinsk plant without affecting the production area of the enterprise. The same rights and Russian experts with respect to liquidated American means.
Votkinsk plant is located in the city of Votkinsk of the Udmurt Republic. It produces operational-tactical missiles “Iskander-M” strategic missile “Topol-M” and “YARS” missiles of sea basing “Bulava”.
The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms was signed by Russia and the United States in 2010, because he joined on 5 February 2011. According to the document, each of the parties to reduce their nuclear arsenals to a total number of 700 Intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles on submarines and heavy bombers, and 1550 warheads and 800 deployed and nondeployed launchers. The deadline for the elimination of weapons occurred on 5 February 2018. The effect of the agreement ends in 2021.
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