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Russian Foreign Ministry rejects U.S. State Department report


MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected several clauses in 2005 Report issued by the U.S. State Department that criticize Russia for a failure to honor its commitments in arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament.

"Those are not new accusations," the ministry said in a statement. "The Russian Foreign Ministry has had to comment on similar points in other 'research papers' that put Russia in a group of countries violating non-proliferation agreements without providing any evidence many times before."

The Russian view was that the report gave "a one-sided and distorted picture of the implementation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty."

The report also accuses Russia of failing to honor its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), but the ministry said the State Department had provided no evidence on this score whatsoever. The ministry said Russia remained committed to implementing the conventions.

Moreover, the ministry did not agree with the State Department's view on how Russia had fulfilled its obligations under the Treaty of Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

The ministry said the State Department had made the wrong conclusions that Russia was continuing to share "sensitive" missile technology with China, India, Iran, and other countries, thereby violating the Missile Technology Control Regime.

The ministry said publishing such reports was not conducive to friendly, partnership relations between the two countries.

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