Russia and the U.S. accused each other in the breach of the INF Treaty during the urgent session of the UN Security Council. They also argued on the threats of the nuclear weapon, supposed the beginning of arms race and the U.S. demanded from Russia to provide data on the explosion in Severodvinsk as Voice of America reported.
Acting Permanent Representative of Russia at UN Dmitry Polyansky stated that the U.S. is “hypocritical” because it tested a missile banned by the Treaty in a few weeks after the breach of the INF Treaty. But Acting Permanent Representative of the U.S. at UN Jonathan Cohen reminded that Russia was the first to breach the treaty as it launched the banned missiles of the German base.
Polyansky also stated that the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) CHB-III is under threat. He also supposed that the world is on the threshold of the uncontrolled arms race.
The U.S. expressed the interest in the signing of the treaty on nuclear weapons control. It will concern all types and missiles. Permanent Representative of China Zhang Jun stated that Beijing is not interested in the signing of the treaties on the arms control.
Besides, during the session, Jonathan Cohen demanded from Moscow to reveal the information about the explosion in Arkhangelsk Oblast.
“What did exactly happen in Russia on August 8? Why did the explosion take place? What the “system” the issue is about and for what purpose this “system” was produced?”, Cohen asked.
Five workers of Rosatom enterprise died in an explosion of a nuclear reactor not far from Nyonoksa settlement in northern Russia's Arkhangelsk oblast on August 8. It appeared that the Russian military tested a new nuclear-capable cruise missile Burevestnik. The Russian officials specified that the tragedy took place not on the coastal part of the testing ground there, but in the White Sea. Preparations for the testing of new weapons lasted for over a year.
On July 3, 2019, President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).
On August 2, 2019, the U.S. left the INF Treaty, blaming Russia for failing to observe it.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed on December 8, 1987, by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.