The UN’s refusal to support the Russian resolution on the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) is a dangerous signal for the world community, said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the Duma’s international affairs committee.
On Friday, the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security issues, voted against submitting to the committee a draft resolution of the Russian Federation on the treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles from which the US wants to withdraw.
“The refusal to support the Russian resolution on the INF Treaty at the United Nations is a dangerous signal for the world community. The position of the countries acting on the side of the United States that flout the most important international agreements is, unfortunately, not surprising, and is explained by dependence on political intrigues and money from Washington.” quotes Zheleznyak his press service.
The parliamentarian stressed that the concern of those UN members who abstained from voting is of more concern.
“It is the absence of their own position, political indifference that allows destructive forces to impose their own rules of the game on the world. At the same time, each UN member state should make a decision that it is responsible for the possible consequences of its indifference,” he said.
The deputy added that Russia is making every effort to preserve the balance of power and not push the world into a global military confrontation.
“Despite the position of the United States, Russia is making all possible efforts to preserve stability and search for ways to bring the international situation out of crisis, in which the world was through the fault of the American side,” Zheleznyak concluded.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that the United States does not intend to comply with the Treaty on Medium and Shorter-Range Missiles when Moscow violates it, and will withdraw from the treaty. Trump said that America will increase its nuclear potential until the rest “come to their senses”, and after Washington will be ready to stop this process and even begin to reduce armaments. He explained that this message is addressed primarily to China and Russia.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow wants to get a more detailed explanation from the United States, and added that breaking the provisions of the INF Treaty would force Russia to take measures to ensure its security. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that any action in this area will meet with opposition.
In recent years, Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating the INF Treaty. Russia has repeatedly stated that it strictly complies with its obligations under the contract. Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions to the United States about the implementation of the treaty by the Americans themselves. In particular, in Moscow they indicate that the United States is stationed on land — at a military base in Romania, and also in Poland — installations capable of launching Tomahawk-type cruise missiles, which is prohibited by the agreement. The Russian side also draws attention to the fact that the US is developing attack drone vehicles, funding research on the creation of a ground-based cruise missile.