The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a major announcement on the US recent missile tests at the Security Council meeting.
On August 18, the U.S. tried a ground-based cruise missile hit a 500 km target which is considered as a prohibited one within the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missiles from 1987. Moreover, applying of the MK-41 universal launcher justifies the statement from Russia towards the US solution while the treaty was valid.
“We have repeatedly pointed out that the deployment of such launchers on land by the Americans, on the air defense base in Romania, and their imminent deployment in Poland comes as a direct and substantial, flagrant violation of the INF Treaty,” the President said.
The Americans denied the fact of their breaches, pointing that the MK-41 could not launch Tomahawk sea-based cruise missiles. It was committed after the Washington denunciation that further was estimated as the continuation of a string of beforehand agreed events.
“Now the fact of their violation is evident, it is impossible to dispute it – they spoke about it themselves,” Putin said, adding that, “It is obvious that it was not improvisation – it became another link in a chain of events that had been planned and long time in advance.”
The U.S. was earlier reported to develop such weapon that was prohibited by the INF Treaty, and Russia noted that several times. The Americans, meanwhile, started a “propaganda” campaign that claimed on allegedly Russian misconduct of the Treaty terms. The reasons of their decision about withdrawal from the Treaty can be clearly seen by their will for freedom to set previously prohibited weapons in other regions that are next to Russia.
“As you know, we never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in the costly arms race that will be destructive for our economy. Let me remind you that Russia takes a rather modest, seventh place in the world in terms of defense spending after the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France and Japan,” the Russian President denounced.
China has not stood aside and expressed its concerns. Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang calls the U.S. for peace and modern ways of global solutions. “We counsel the US side to abandon their outdated concepts of a cold war mentality and zero sum games, and exercise restraint in developing weapons,” he said.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website