Russia accuses US of breaching non-proliferation obligations
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 20:41
Moscow: Russia on Saturday accused the United States of breaching its non-proliferation obligations under bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaties and supplying banned technologies to Israel and other American allies in violation of its commitments.

American companies continue to actively supply various missile-technologies-related products and know-how technologies to foreign countries, about third of which are not members of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), including Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, the UAE, Taiwan and others, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

In a statement the Foreign Ministry listed details of violations by the US obligations on non-proliferation of weapons of mass-destruction.

"Questions are raised in Moscow in connection with the American bomb and missile supplies to Israel in the last Middle East conflicts. The actions of the United States run counter to the basic provisions of the Wassenaar agreements and the OSCE arms supply principles," ITAR-TASS said quoting the the Foreign Ministry.

Russia points that the US industrial security monitoring service in the first half of 2008 alone detected more than 70 illegitimate export supplies of military and dual-use items and technologies, most of which were supplied to countries like China, Iran, Syria and Libya included by Washington in the so-called black list.

The Russian statement also points at the non-observance of bilateral arms cut treaties by the US, expressing concerns over non-fulfillment of conditions of the 1991 START-1 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

"Russia has more than once expressed its concerns in connection with the unsanctioned reequipping of five ICBM launch facilities for intercontinental ballistic missiles at a testing ground at the Vandenberg with interceptor missiles, something that goes against the terms of the treaty," the foreign ministry said.

The statement posted in Russian language site of the Foreign Ministry has also given a long list of incidents, when Washington breached its obligations in non-proliferation of chemical and biological weapons.


First Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 20:41

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