“Activation” of the US BMD base in Romania should not be considered in isolation, but in conjunction with other actions of the US and NATO that have negative consequences for strategic stability and international security.
In particular, one should take into account the whole complexity of the US efforts to create a global BMD system, including its active and partly mobile European segment. Beside ground-based Aegis Ashore sites the latter also involves sea-based BMD platforms which are now actively trying to “find feet” in sea basins adjacent to Russia.
We can not ignore the strategic interrelationship between the American BMD project and the so called Prompt Global Strike program as well as Washington's aspiration to retain the greatest degree of latitude as regards possible weaponization of space. In addition, the deployment of multifunctional Mk-41 launchers at Aegis Ashore sites, which are capable of launching intermediate-range missiles, gravely undermines the INF Treaty.
In Focus
27 April 2016
Mr Shoigu,

Colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Friends,

The Moscow Conference on International Security has become traditional. This is the fifth such conference and it has brought together a representative body of participants, something that makes it possible to hold an in depth professional discussion on challenges to global and regional security.

Regrettably, the modern world has not received a clean bill of health from politicians and experts, and the news is more and more discouraging from year to year. The same can be said about the growth of the potential for conflict in international relations, the faltering of anti-crisis mechanisms and the destabilising processes that are engulfing regions that only recently were considered entirely safe. In this environment, Russia never tires of calling for a serious discussion oriented towards solving common strategic problems. We hope that the discussions at this venue will be steeped precisely in this spirit.
20 April 2016
After a nearly two-year-long pause and upon the suggestion of the alliance, the Russia-NATO Council (RNC) met at the level of permanent representatives in Brussels on April 20.

The participants discussed in detail the Ukraine crisis as they emphasised the need for a full, phased-in implementation of the Minsk agreements, the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, regional terrorist threats, and risks arising from the unprecedented build-up by NATO of its military activities and infrastructure in the regions that border Russia.
20 April 2016
"I think that this is a recognition that the project dubbed ‘isolation of Russia’ failed. It is evident that without Russia it is impossible to solve or regulate any international problem".
“We do not have a positive agenda today, have no projects that would have allowed us to return to improving relations in the spheres of common interests. NATO made a decision to take our relations from partnership to deterrence".
"NATO countries realize that they can’t keep isolating themselves from real processes in the sphere of security.This plays against the interests of not only global security, but also the alliance itself".
"Russia is not against holding a new meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, but only when there is a real agenda."
15 April 2016
On April 12, the US Department of State submitted to Congress its annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. As usual, Washington reported on the United States’ model adherence to and compliance with all its commitments while posing as a self-appointed teacher charged with assessing other countries’ behaviour in this respect.

Even a cursory analysis of the report shows that it is not a serious document that reflects the real state of affairs in arms control and disarmament.

The US Department of State has again showered Russia with unsubstantiated accusations. The assessments provided in the report are judgmental, biased and prejudiced. They are comprised of a combination of speculation, exaggeration, false messages and openly distorted facts. The obvious goal is to create a negative image of Russia in the hope that few readers will take the trouble to analyse the details of the unsubstantiated examples of Russia’s alleged violations. When compared to the real state of affairs, the US Department of State’s assessments present a sad picture of these “expert” assessments.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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