Moscow did not withdraw proposals for agreement with the USA on missile defense, said the foreign Ministry

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in photobacteria the foreign Ministry. Archival photoMoscow did not withdraw proposals for agreement with the USA on missile defense, said the foreign Ministry© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae the image Bank

Moscow did not withdraw proposals for a new agreement on missile defense, but signals a willingness to dialogue with the new U.S. administration yet, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Vladimir Leontyev.

The USSR and the USA on may 26, 1972 signed a Treaty on the limitation of anti-ballistic missile systems. In 2002, under the pretext of the Iranian and North Korean missile threats, the United States withdrew from the agreement and launched a large-scale deployment of stationary and mobile missile systems, previously subject to contractual limitations.

«Now it is difficult to engage in guesswork about what will be the position of the new administration, because on the one hand, they still have to make the necessary assignments in the appropriate unit, to conduct reviews of their policies and of course you would not like something to anticipate. But basically as you know we have always advocated cooperation in this area, made appropriate suggestions, but the key question and the key aspect is that such interaction must be equal and take into account the interests and concerns of both parties», — said Leontiev, answering the question about the possibility of reaching any future agreement with the United States on a new agreement on missile defense.

He recalled that on the basis of principles of equality «was built by our proposal to NATO about the creation of a European missile defense system, built on the sectoral principle».

«But as you know, the partners to the conversation on that basis was not ready. Our ideas and our principles remain in force, these ideas remain on the negotiating table and we had not officially withdrawn. I would not want to engage in forecasting, but so far some encouraging signs, signals, on the American side is not visible yet», — the diplomat added.

He stressed that the signed 45 years ago, the agreement «was one of the foundations of the system of strategic stability, which includes strategic offensive and strategic defensive weapons».

«This was the basis on which to develop further our agreement with the Americans on the reduction and limitation of strategic nuclear weapons, and not only strategic. This database allowed us to develop and conclude an agreement on intermediate-range and shorter-range. So of course it was an important stabilizing moment, we still believe that the Americans ‘withdrawal from this Treaty created the preconditions for a profound destabilization of the strategic balance between our countries», — concluded Leontiev.

Moscow did not withdraw proposals for agreement with the USA on missile defense, said the foreign Ministry© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policyneutral exhibit

 

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