Russia pushes for UN resolution to keep nuclear arms treaty alive

The U.S. has rejected Russia’s draft resolution to the UN General Assembly that offered to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that the U.S. plans to leave, AFP reported citing diplomatic sources.

French news agency AFP reported on Friday, October 26, that reacting to the announcement by Washington, a Russian diplomat told the agency: «The international community has an obligation to react to this apocalyptic situation».

If adopted, the resolution would provide ground for «the continuation of discussions between Russia and the US in order to work through the two countries’ concerns about the framework of the agreement.»

Meanwhile, a UN source told AFP that the U.S. rejected the Russian draft resolution for the reason it came too late to be included in the agenda of the UN Disarmament Commission.

Reportedly, the U.S. plans to one-sidedly exit from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INFT), as announced by US President Donald Trump, who accuses Russia of violating this treaty.

Trump also said USA will start manufacturing intermediate-range nuclear missiles if no new treaty is reached with Russia and China.

The treaty on liquidation of intermediate and close-range missiles was signed by then the US President Ronald Reagan and then the leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington 1987.

In accordance with this treaty, both sides were to liquidate both nuclear and conventional missiles with a close-range radius (500-1,000 km) and intermediate radius (1,000-5,500 km). The same applies to their launch systems. Liquidation of missiles finished in 1991. A total of 2,692 missiles were destroyed as part of this treaty. The liquidation requirement does not apply to missiles based at sea.

‘Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years. I don’t know why [previous US President Barack] Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to,’ Trump said.

And Washington criticized Moscow for having shared the resolution with Russian media before UN member states had seen it, according to the same source.

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