Disinfo: No evidence that Russian missiles 9M729 contradict the INF treaty obligations

Summary

Most Western media speaking about the US’ withdrawal from the INF Treaty present the American point of view and remain silent about the Russian one.

Western media do not mention that the Americans did not share evidence that the Russian missiles 9M729 contradict the obligations of the INF Treaty.

 

Disproof

The US State Department issued a detailed rebuttal of Russian allegations of US noncompliance with the INF Treaty in 2018. Moreover, in December 2017 NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that aroused “serious concerns”.

The Congressional Research Service's Report on Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, dated 18-January-2019 details, i.a., how the Russian missiles 9M729 are in breach of the obligations of the INF Treaty.

In the Report they point out the difference between armed drones and the missiles:  "While it is true that drones sustain flight through the use of aerodynamic lift, they do not necessarily meet the treaty’s definition of unmanned and self-propelled. Although drones do not have pilots on board, they are piloted remotely, with pilots based at facilities on the ground. Moreover, although armed drones can deliver weapons to targets, they are platforms that carry weapons, not weapons themselves. Unlike a cruise missile with a separate launcher that remains behind after releasing the missile, a drone is self-contained, and takes off and lands like an aircraft. Further, although cruise missiles are destroyed when delivering their payload, drones release their payload then return to base, like an aircraft".

For more disinformation cases on the INF treaty, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sphere of influence, Nuclear issues
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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EU funding aim to create a Maidan-like crisis in Belarus

The EU may collapse in the coming years as it cannot deal with migration crisis and political disagreements. Its unity is kept thanks to extensive development and enlargement. This is why Belarus is in the sphere of EU’s interests. The EU funds Belarusian nationalists, oppositions and NGOs and buys Belarusian officials with the aim to destabilize the country and create a Belarusian Maidan, followed by Belarus’ accession to the EU.

Disproof

 

No evidence given for the "Belarusian Maidan" or the EU's investment in its creation.

Romania might recognise Kosovo in exchange for the annexation of Moldova

Bucharest might recognise Kosovo if the US will accept and recognise the annexation of Moldova by Romania.

Future Romanian expansion would include Chernivtsi region and south-western part of the Odessa region of Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Romania, with previous record of questioning Moldova's integrity. This disinformation narrative aims at undermining Moldova's EU aspirations.

There is no evidence that Romania is considering annexing Moldova.