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RUSSIA, U.S. BLAME EACH OTHER FOR INF’S DEMISE; GORBACHEV: TREATY’S
TERMINATION A BLOW TO STRATEGIC STABILITY; EXPERT: SIDES STILL PLAYING
THE BLAME GAME, NOT READY TO START DIALOGUE
THE TREATY IS DEAD, LONG LIVE TALKS! (By Pavel Tarasenko, Marina Kovalenko and Yelena Chernenko. Kommersant, Aug. 3, 2019, p. 1. Complete text:) One of the pillars of the global arms control system disappeared on Aug. 2: The US State Department and the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate- and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF), signed back in 1987. Washington and Moscow have already announced the development and testing of new missiles that had been banned until now. The threat of a new arms race is growing because the last major Russian-American nuclear agreement – the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START) – could meet a similar fate. Outside players are split into two camps: The US has been supported in part by Japan and Poland, and Russia – by China and Iran.
Hopes that this key treaty in the history of relations between Moscow and Washington would be salvaged after all have been dashed. “On Feb. 2, 2019, the US gave Russia six months to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty [see Vol. 71, No. 5, pp. 3-6]. Russia refused, so the treaty ends today,” US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tweeted. He added, “Russia bears sole responsibility.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement was as harsh as it gets: “By launching a propaganda campaign aimed at intentionally spreading disinformation about Russia’s alleged violations of the INF Treaty, the US intentionally created a practically insurmountable crisis around [the treaty]. The reason is obvious: The US wanted to get rid of the limitations set [by the treaty].”
Author: Oleg Kashin