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Russia loses its voice to criticize the United States's abandonment of missile treaties

UNITED NATIONS – Russia lost a vote Friday that would have allowed the UN General Assembly to consider a resolution…

Russia lost a vote Friday that would have allowed the UN General Assembly to consider a resolution that supports a landmark missile treaty and oppose US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw.

The vote to put a Russian resolution that supports the Treaty’s Nuclear Treaty on the agenda of the Assembly Disarmament Committee was 31 countries, 55 against and 54 resigned.

Later Russian weapons control officer Andrei Belousov said he did not understand the result, noting that most countries who resigned from “active Nuclear Disarmament Supporters” and a significant number of those voting against the procedural measure are positive in preserving the INF Treaty.

Russia “attempted to send a serious signal to US political circles about the risk of the course chosen by the current administration,” he said. “We thought such an initiative would be supported by all reasonable forces.”

Robert Wood, the US ambassador to the disarmament conference called the Russian proposal a “highly politicized resolution” that was not submitted within the deadline for being presented to the draft parliamentary disarmament committee on Thursday, but the United States protested that it was after October 1

8, the final date for the submission of resolutions. Russia claimed that Trump’s announcement came after the deadline, Russian mission spokesman Fedor Strzhizhovskiy said.

He said the committee chairman reported Friday that he could not agree on a way forward and Russia then asked for a vote.

A UN- diplomat spoke on terms of anonymity because of the agreement The European Union and NATO countries voted against the consideration of the disarmament committee’s consideration, asking others to refrain from preventing further escalation and promoting negotiations between the US and Russia in order to find a solution.

The United States accuses Russia of violating the 1987 INF Treaty, eliminating all ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with an area of ​​500-5,500 kilometers.

Security officials said Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of the Treaty. Earlier, the Obama administration accused the Russians of breaking the covenant by developing and testing a prohibited cruise missile.

Russia has repeatedly denied that it has violated the treaty and has accused the United States of non-compliance.

Wood repeated the US accusations on Friday and told the Disarmament Committee after voting that for 5 1/2 years, the United States has tried to engage Russia in the matter of violation of the Treaty. He said that Moscow recently acknowledged the production of a selected missile but did not contradict the limit values.

“We presented them by contrast, but they continued to deny that they did not fulfill the treaty,” Wood said. “But instead of responding to our commitment, we received denials and ridiculous allegations that it is the United States that violates the treaty.”

Belousov, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, contradicted “we have made complaints about this since 2000” to the United States but “they are from us”.

He said that at a recent meeting, the United States declared that Russia was preparing for war.

“Yes, Russia is preparing Yes, we are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our people,” Belousov said. “The Russian federations are preparing for war, and the United States is preparing for a war.” That’s the fact. “

He said the disarmament committee missed an opportunity, but Russia will work with countries that support its position to convince the United States” to take a constructive position, to continue the dialogue “within the framework of INF” and refrain from building up its nuclear power. “

Belousov said that Russia will go directly to the General Assembly and possibly if there is” a negative development of the events and the United States’s withdrawal from the Treaty to the Security Council “where both Russia and the United States are vetoing resolutions.

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