In Washington reiterated that the United States fulfill all the requirements of the INF Treaty
The US state Department on Friday issued a detailed statement refuting the allegations of Moscow that Washington violates conditions of the signed 30 years ago the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF).
“After in July 2014, the United States announced Russia’s violation of the terms of the INF Treaty (…) Russian officials refused to engage in serious discussion ( … ), or even to acknowledge the existence of the Russian Federation missile systems prohibited by the INF Treaty, the statement reads. Instead, the Russian Federation has decided to divert attention from the claims of the United States, accusing the United States in violation of the terms of the Contract.”
The us Department of state said that the Russian officials have repeatedly stated about the irregularities committed by the American side, citing as example the three available weapons: a missile defense system Aegis Ashore ballistic missiles used as targets during the test and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that carry weapons.
None of these accusations has not been confirmed, the highlight of the state Department.
“The United States has attracted Russian officials to participate in numerous events, including the Special verification Commission under the INF, explaining why U.S. actions are fully consistent with the terms of the Contract”, – said in a statement.
For example, the Aegis Ashore system was developed to komplektovaniia only one type of interceptors – the SM-3. These missiles are designed to intercept flying objects, and is capable of striking ground targets.
“Defensive anti-missile defence system Aegis Ashore may not use offensive ballistic or cruise missiles or sea-based – specify the document’s authors. In particular, this system does not have the required software, blocks, fire control, additional equipment and infrastructure needed to run such offensive missiles like Tomahawk”.
The state Department stressed that the missile defense system will never manned missiles prohibited by the INF Treaty. Tests of such missiles on the pads Aegis Ashore is also not carried out.
In the diplomatic Department of the USA also felt it necessary to remind you that time made statements that the use of ballistic missiles as educational purposes violates the INF Treaty, almost 18 years ago. At the same time, the agreement allows the use of a “booster systems for research and development of weapons, including their use as targets during tests of missile defense systems”. The INF Treaty details the conditions and types of missiles that can be used for such purposes, as well as the number of allowed runs.
Commenting on the accusations of the Russian side in the creation of unmanned offensive systems, the state Department reported that for the first time Moscow has made such statements “more than 15 years ago,” and over the years, us officials repeatedly made the necessary clarification on this issue.
“The INF Treaty does not restrict testing, manufacture or possession of returned armed UAV repeated use, – the document says. – From the point of view of the United States, the term “rocket” mentioned in the Treaty only applies to non-refundable systems.”
Currently in the US Arsenal consists of various systems of the UAV that can carry offensive weapons, including the Hunter, Shadow, Predator, Gray Eagle and Reaper, but none of these UAVs cannot be considered in the context of the INF Treaty.