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

Summary of Disinformation

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.

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Reported in: Issue 135
Date: 03.02.2019
Language: Polish
Country: Russia, US
Keywords: Sphere of influence, Nuclear issues
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Polska
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