Vladimir Ermakovoj: Michael Pochuev / TASS
Russia and USA have exhausted the possibilities for further nuclear disarmament. This was announced by the Director of the Department of the Russian foreign Ministry on issues of nonproliferation and arms control Vladimir Ermakov, writes “Interfax”.
In his opinion, Moscow and Washington had virtually exhausted the possibilities for extending the contract on a bilateral basis and at an impasse. Ermakov added that further steps will require the involvement of Britain and France because they have nuclear weapons and are military allies of the American side.
“The possibility of extending the contract does not mean that we remove from the agenda the problem of illegitimate unilateral removal of the US from the expense of their arms (…) despite the fact that we have no way to test [it]” — said Ermakov. He noted that the Russian side will continue to work with the Americans to achieve full compliance with the terms of the contract “without creating unilateral advantages” for Americans.
Last year, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). Moscow was accused of non-compliance. The Russian side has rejected all charges and has also suspended participation in the Treaty. Later in the United States was named another reason is a rapidly developing missile program of China. The agreement was officially terminated on 2 August 2019.
Only existing agreement between the parties to the Treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms (SNV-3). It expires in February 2021.
According to the contract signed between the USSR and the USA in 1987 INF Treaty that prohibited the production and testing of cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges from 500 to 5.5 thousand kilometers.
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