The US seeks to ensure global dominance by withdrawing from arms reduction treaties

Summary

The US hasn’t left the INF Treaty because Russia violated it, but because it wants to re-establish global military dominance. The real reason for the withdrawal is that the US wants to be able to deploy any number of weapons anywhere it wants and agreements like the INF Treaty are preventing that.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty.

It is well documented that the US withdrew from the INF Treaty because Russia violated it by producing and testing the 9M729 missile with a range capability of more than 500 kilometers.

The US has been raising the issue of Russia’s INF Treaty violation since 2014. The US and NATO have repeatedly engaged with Russia to preserve the INF treaty, spending almost six years in attempts to resolve Russia’s non-compliance. The issue was raised in numerous meetings, including at the highest levels as well as in meetings of technical experts. However, Russia consistently refused to address US and NATO concerns.

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  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: US, Russia
  • Keywords: INF Treaty, Nuclear issues, Nikolay Patrushev
  • Outlet: Sputnik Serbia
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The US has violated the INF Treaty and refused to discuss with Russia

While failing to provide any evidence that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), the US, itself, has been in breach of the Treaty. We know what the Americans have violated and we pointed to these three issues: missile launchers, target missiles and drones. But they refused to discuss their violations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty.

The US government has issued repeated rebuttals of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with INF Treaty (see the latest press release of US Mission to NATO here). All three issues mentioned (the Aegis ashore missile defence systems, ballistic target missiles and armed unmanned aerial vehicles) have also been discussed with Russia through the Treaty’s Special Verification Commission and other forums.

US refused to provide evidence of Russia’s INF Treaty violations

The Kremlin asked to be presented with facts supporting the accusation that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), but the US never produced any proof.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty, which Russia violated by producing and testing the 9M729 missile, prompting the US to withdraw from the agreement.

The US has been raising the issue of Russia’s INF Treaty violation since 2014. The US State Department publishes yearly reports on compliance with arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. The report from 2014 stated that “the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 km to 5,500 km, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles”. This has been reaffirmed in all subsequent compliance reports.

USSR is not to blame for the beginning of World War II

The accusations against the Soviet Union and Josef Stalin about the beginning of World War II are nonsense and pursue a purely pragmatic goal. The Molotov-Ribbentrop (Hitler-Stalin) Pact cannot be considered a military conspiracy between two dictators.

Disproof

The non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, also known as the "Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact" (Hitler-Stalin Pact), was signed on 23 August 1939. Following the agreement, Nazi Germany and the USSR became allies for 22 months. The deal was accompanied by a secret supplementary protocol on the delimitation of areas of mutual interest in Eastern Europe. In particular, Hitler and Stalin agreed to divide Poland. The agreement also indicated that the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as Bessarabia and Finland, also belonged to the respective areas of interest of Germany and the USSR.

Just a week after the signing of the “Hitler-Stalin Pact,” the German attack on Poland started World War II. Two weeks later, Soviet troops entered Polish territory.