Russia Refutes U.S. Accusations of Violating Agreements on Chemical, Biological Weapons
Mos News | September 1 2005
|The US State Department report, released on Wednesday, says that, based on all available evidence, Russia “continues to maintain” an offensive biological weapons program.
The Associated Press agency quoted the statement as saying that the cases addressed in the report were limited to countries for which the most evidence exists of actual or potential noncompliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
“Russia is dedicated to the strict adherence to the [convention],” the Foreign Ministry said in an angrily worded statement.
“We call for constructive co-operation with all members of the convention, including the United States, to create real barriers to any attempts to reconstitute biological weapons.”
The ministry said that by “continuing to categorically accuse Russia of violating international commitments under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention, the State Department does not take the trouble to publish concrete facts”.
It accused the United States of scuttling international efforts to strengthen the biological weapons agreement, saying that “apparently, the State Department is not interested in the opinion of the international community on this issue”.
The Foreign Ministry also took issue with what it said were one-sided or inaccurate statements about Russian compliance with agreements on strategic weapons, conventional forces in Europe and sensitive missile technology.
It said the report was “abounding in assertions of Russian violations of its international commitments”.