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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Russia has issues with U.S. over non-proliferation regime

RIA Novosti

12:18 07/08/2010 MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is dissatisfied with the U.S.’s fulfillment of its obligations in the sphere of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The statement said that “in the period of the validity of START 1, Russia’s concerns in regard to the observance of the treaty by the U.S. were not allayed.”

“Russia has more than once expressed its concerns in connection with the unsanctioned reequipping of five ICBM launch facilities for international ballistic missiles at a testing ground at the Vandenberg [Air Force Base] with interceptor missiles, something that goes against the terms of the treaty,” the statement said.

The statement also said the reequipping of U.S. heavy bombers was cause for concern.

It also said the U.S. had violated a number of other terms of the treaty, including on chemical and biological weapons.

A new START treaty was signed on April 8 in Prague, replacing the START 1 treaty that expired in December 2009. The new pact obligates both nations to cap their fielded strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550 warheads, while the number of deployed and non-deployed delivery vehicles must not exceed 800 on either side.

The Russian and U.S. presidents have agreed that the ratification processes should be simultaneous.

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