Russia concerned about US stance on Nuclear Treaty, about sites in Romania and Poland. CSAT meeting on Tuesday to approach Ukraine crisis

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Washington’s plans to establish missile defence launching sites in Romania and Poland include systems that are prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Russia continues to voice its disagreement over United States’ violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.

“Everyone interested in the issue, not only experts, but also people who simply follow the news on the foreign policy, are aware of the recent exchange of accusations, including those made publicly. In particular, we believe that a number of aspects of the US behaviour directly linked to the destiny of this [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] treaty are a concern,” Ryabkov said.

Ryabkov added that the United States is considering establishing missile defence launching sites in Romania and Poland, which use vertical Mk-41 launching systems. He pointed out that this type of system is used for long and medium-range cruise missiles, which is prohibited by the treaty.

The diplomat said that, while Washington voices disagreement over Russia’s actions within the framework of the treaty, no specific claims against Moscow have been made.

Ryabkov stressed that Russia is ready to continue the dialogue on the treaty and to hold new meetings with US colleagues. However, he explained that in order for the dialogue to be fruitful, Moscow needs the United States to express precisely what its concerns are regarding the treaty.

Meanwhile, Ryabkov said that it’s provable that Russia and the United States can successfully cooperate. As an example, he noted the new Strategic Arms Reduction treaty, signed in 2010, is strictly adhered to.

Over the past few months, Moscow and Washington have been accusing each other of breaching the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The 1987 treaty eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges, defined as between 300-3,400 miles, sputniknews.com reports.

 

PM Ponta: Situation in Ukraine is very bad. We must be careful

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Monday that he has had consultations with President Klaus Iohannis about the CSAT meeting on Tuesday, saying that the situation in Ukraine is “very bad” and that it is necessary a high degree of attention from Romania.

“I was consulted (about the CSAT meeting). We had consultations (with President Klaus Iohannis), the schedule is made and it is normal to have CSAT,” Ponta said.

Ponta said that the situation in Ukraine and the region is very bad and a high degree of attention is necessary.

“Definitely, we must be very careful because the situation is bad, is poor, but in spite of what is happening in Ukraine and in the rest of the region, Romania is a very stable country,” said Ponta.

He assured that on the national security issues President Iohannis, the Government and the Parliament act as one.

The first CSAT (Supreme Defence Council) meeting to which President Klaus Iohannis is to take part is scheduled on Tuesday.

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