MOSCOW, July 19 (Itar-Tass) - Russia does not see any practical steps of the United States over the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Friday in comments on a report of the U.S. State Department over the observance of the agreements in the field of armaments.
“The U.S. State Department continues to point to Russia’s non-observance of the country’s commitments under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). This treaty of the Cold War type was recognized back in the mid-nineties of the twentieth century by the signatory nations as that not meeting a drastically changing situation in Europe. The CFE adapted variant was drafted to replace the old CFE Treaty and was signed in 1999,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its comments.
However, the Russian top diplomatic agency recalled that this is the United States and its allies in NATO that refused to bring in effect the Adapted CFE Treaty. In this situation Moscow “had to declare a moratorium on the fulfilment of the treaty discriminatory for Russia as the international law permits it.”
“This completely justified step contributed to the fact that the Western countries seemed to realize finally that there is no way back to the Cold War schemes,” the ministry said. “Today the U.S. is participating in the search for new approaches to the modernization of the regime of the control for conventional armed forces in Europe,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
Russia hopes that “our partners drew necessary lessons from the previous experience and will refrain from malign attempts to voice preliminary conditions for the launching of the talks or link the regime of the control for conventional armed forces in Europe with the settlement of local conflict situations in the future.”
“As for the suppositions of the report on Georgia, it should be mentioned that the reality is that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are sovereign countries,” the ministry said in the comments. “The unwillingness to take this into account will have a negative impact on the prospects of the control for conventional armed forces in Europe, as well as the functioning of the effective instrument to step up military security and trust in Europe - the Treaty of the Open Skies,” the ministry reported. Russia “adheres and will adhere to its position of principle that any flights in the Open Skies regime closer than ten kilometres from the borders of the countries, which are not the signatories of the treaty, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia, would be the violation of Article 6 of this document.”
The report of the U.S. State Department “gives some reasons to recall that for many years the U.S. has been assuring the international community of the intention to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Ban Test Treaty.” “In fact, no practical steps are seen in this direction. Thus, the responsibility for the treaty not brought into force yet is particularly borne on the U.S. as a country, which should ratify the treaty to launch a full-fledged functional regime of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
“The practice of drafting and publishing similar reports does not promote the shaping of an atmosphere of trust and the ensuring of progress in real deeds in the sphere of non-proliferation and the control over weapons,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.