In the US, politicians don’t want to listen to experts on disarmament, said in SF

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage in photobacteria Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on international Affairs Vladimir dzhabarov, Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on the international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev during a meeting with experts from the United States on arms control. 25 July 2018In the US, politicians don’t want to listen to experts on disarmament, said in SF© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

American politicians, being in captivity for two election campaigns, are not yet ready to listen to essentially the opinion of experts on arms control, in favour of the renewal of the INF Treaty and start-3, according to the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.

In the Federation Council on Wednesday held a meeting of the Russian senators with American experts on disarmament.

«We need to clearly understand that these experts represented only themselves. They did not represent the American side, the state Department or the us Congress,» — said Kosachev to journalists following the meeting.

According to the Senator, at the meeting of the American experts expressed their position, and prevalent, was the dominant point of view in favor of the preservation and renewal of the start-3 Treaty and the intermediate range.

«Our American interlocutors was the understanding that the destruction of these bilateral agreements in the field of arms control would be the most dangerous, the most unfavorable scenario. And our interlocutors told us that in the measure of their possibilities they are actively working in Washington to this point to bring to the authorities,» the MP added.

He stressed that if this situation was cleared from the political situation, if the American politicians were ready to listen to the opinion of experts based on the content of this opinion, and not some confounding factors, this position would be in demand.

«But we are not in this situation. Obviously, American politics now in the thrall of the election campaign that begins (the November congressional elections), and they are still not out of the interests of the electoral campaign, which took place,» said the legislator.

In his opinion, this factor is driving «almost no» chance that the experts ‘ opinions on the merits will be heard.

The INF Treaty was signed on 8 December 1987 during the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington. Got laid a whole class of missile weapons with a range of from 500 to 1000 km and from 1000 to 5500 kilometers, including provoked the 1962 Cuban missile crisis missiles R-12 and R-14 in Cuba.

Russia has repeatedly stated that strictly complies with its obligations under the INF Treaty. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions to the US regarding the performance of the contract by the Americans themselves. In particular, in Moscow indicate that the United States placed on land at a military base in Romania, and in Poland — a facility capable of launching a shock cruise missiles of type «Tomahawk», which is prohibited by the Treaty. The Russian side also drew attention to the fact that the United States develop unmanned fighting vehicles, funding research on creation of cruise missiles, land-based.

The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms, signed by Russia and the United States in 2010 and entered into force on 5 February 2011. It provides that each party reduce their nuclear arsenals so that after seven years in the future the total number of weapons did not exceed 700 Intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles on submarines and heavy bombers, and 1550 warheads and 800 deployed and nondeployed launchers. The agreement binds Russia and the United States to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year. The fifth of February 2018 came a deadline by which Russia and the United States were to achieve the targets start-3. The validity period of the contract expires in 2021.