Overseas Network, Jan. 22, Russian Vice Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the Journal of International Affairs that most American political elites do not need any military control agreements because Washington wants to ensure military hegemony.
According to Tass News Agency, Riyabkov said that in the United States, at least some of the influential members of their political elite, there is no need for any agreement in the field of arms control. Riyabkov criticized that the American political elite believed that these arms control agreements tied the hands and feet of the United States, dragged the U.S. military into the net of obligations, confined the United States to a limited space, and hindered the intention of the United States to exercise full military domination in all fields.
According to Riyabkovs analysis, the American elite has clearly come to the conclusion that it is time for Washington to consider making a decisive breakthrough using its economic and technological potential, in order to ensure its long-term military hegemony. Riyabkov also said the new US Missile Defense Assessment confirmed Washingtons intentions, saying the United States refused to recognize restrictions on the development and deployment of missile systems.
Talking about coping strategies, Riyabkov said, For us, this only means one thing: we need to work tirelessly with the United States at all levels to explain the devastation of the plan. We need to mobilize international public opinion and the international community to counter these methods, and we need a constructive work. Ryabkov said Russias current goal is to propose new solutions to ensure stable multilateral and bilateral arms control systems.
Reagan promoted the Star Wars program. (Image: Visual China)
Earlier, according to Xinhua News Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense released the Missile Defense Assessment Report on 17 this month, detailing the current missile threat faced by the United States and its allies, the status quo of the U.S. missile defense capability and the future direction of construction and technology research and development. The report recommends: to study and enhance existing land-based midway defense systems and the possibility of using short-range interceptor missiles to destroy intercontinental missiles; to develop technologies for tracking and destroying missiles in the boost phase using laser-powered UAVs and F-35 fighters; and to assess the feasibility of deploying missile detectors and interceptors in space. At that time, Russia warned the United States that the move opened up another new high-tech Reagan Star Wars program. Russia described the U.S. military space development part of the report as particularly alarming and said that the move actually gives a green light for deploying missile defense systems in space.
In addition, on the 15th of this month, Russia and the United States held consultations in Geneva on the Guidance Treaty, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement. Since then, Washington said on 16 February that it would withdraw from the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Mid-range and Short-range Missiles, which originally stipulated that the two countries would no longer maintain, produce or test land-based cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 to 5500 kilometers. This means that the United States will not be bound by the treaty.
Reagan and Gorbachev signed the Guidance Treaty for arms control. (Source: Visual China)
As for the promulgation of the Missile Defense Assessment Report by the United States, the Washington Observer commented that the new missile strategy of the United States Government was a mistaken inheritance of the legacy of the Reagan era. Meaningful arms control agreements and strong bilateral relations can play a more important role in promoting security and peace than strengthening military forces. The report pointed out that Reagan had launched the Star Wars program, but the U.S. government should pay more attention to another thing Reagan did, that is, the Reagan government signed an arms control agreement with the then U.S. rival Soviet Union, the Guidance Treaty, which has become a very important part of Reagans political heritage.