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17 June 201913:50

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding unacceptable US allegations of Russia exceeding the “zero-yield” standard

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The United States has again accused Russia of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The latest statement to this effect was made by the US Defence Intelligence Agency on June 13.

We point out once again that all these accusations are completely groundless. They cannot be regarded as anything other than an attempt to justify Washington’s preparations to withdraw from the CTBT and to resume full-scale nuclear tests.

It is notable that the United States has not even bothered to invent a new scheme to carry out its plans but is copying almost step-by-step the actions it took to pull out of the INF Treaty. We will highly likely see a statement by the US administration to the effect that it considers it impossible to remain committed to the CTBT “when others flout their obligations.”

It appears that one more vital international treaty, which the overwhelming majority of its participants, including Russia, view as an integral part of international security and stability, has become the object of US policy aimed at destroying the international architecture of arms control and non-proliferation agreements.

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