Comment by the Information and Press Department on US “concerns” over the Russian army’s snap exercise that began on August 25, 2016

August 26, 2016

We noted the statements made by Michelle Baldanza from the US Department of Defense news service regarding the snap exercise that we are holding to check the army’s readiness for combat and potential crises. The statements contain a mix of unfounded and inconsistent accusations, which has become a Washington tradition.

Russia strictly complies with all of its international arms control commitments, including the Vienna document. Our foreign partners have been informed in full about the current snap exercise being held by the Defence Ministry and were given all the necessary explanations.

We also continue to be accused of having fantastical, non-existent intentions regarding Ukraine, while the attempts by the Unites States to blow the Russian army’s snap drills out of proportion come amid increasingly troubling behaviour from Kiev. We believe the United States should redirect its efforts toward working with its clients to implement the Minsk agreements.

The criticisms directed at us are completely misplaced, given that the US track record on arms control is far from perfect. We have repeatedly drawn the Americans’ attention to the numerous liberties they took in implementing their contractual obligations (in particular, in our comment of April 15, 2016 on the US Department of State’s report on compliance with arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament agreements and commitments). All our concerns remain. We hope that the United States will start filling in the gaps, instead of trying to gin up controversy over Russia’s activities. Again, Russia strictly complies with all of its contractual and other obligations.