Warning: Westerners are advised not to view the above video showing proof that the 9M729 does not violate the INF treaty. Those who view it and read the article below may come away with the conviction that the US government lies to them about Russia. We do not endorse this viewpoint, nor do we have any way to refute it.
The US has declared, without evidence, that Russia has violated the INF treaty banning short and medium range missiles.
Below is our translation of a report in Komsomolskaya Pravda on a public inspection of the offending missile in the Patriot military park in Moscow, attended by Western journalists and government officials but not the US government, which knows everything without research or study and didn’t need no stinkin’ public exhibit to condemn the russkies. Commentary is by Vince Dhimos.
Thus the US was invited but brusquely refused. After all, what if the Russians could prove their missile doesn’t violate the treaty? They couldn’t risk that!
According to USAToday:
“Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov noted Wednesday that the U.S. hasn’t put forward any data to prove its claim that Russia has tested the missile at a range exceeding the treaty’s limit. He said the U.S. ignored Moscow’s offer to inspect the missile made during talks in Geneva earlier this month - a refusal he alleged reflected the lack of U.S. interest in meaningful negotiations.”
In the US today, an accusation is the equivalent of proof, just as in Mao’s Cultural Revolution millions of unfortunates were accused, tried (usually without proof), sentenced and punished in a single session. It was the lowest any justice system had ever fallen and represented a low point in the history of man’s inhumanity to man. The US and its allies seem to be vying with Mao for that dubious title. Recall that when the ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned, UK PM Theresa May promptly accused Russia of ordering their murder based on the fact that the detected poison belonged to a chemical family first developed in Russia. Shortly thereafter May stated that the defence research lab at Porton Down had fingered Russia as the culprit, but the agency later denied they had made that claim. It didn’t matter. The Russian government was tried and convicted based not on facts but on being Russian, which is now a crime in the Western world. As a result, Russian diplomats were expelled from the UK. Shamefully, despite the fact that May had misrepresented the case, US lawmakers immediately wrote and passed legislation that slapped sanctions on Russia for something that no one could prove it had done.
Now tell me again what the difference is between institutionalized Russophobia in the US and institutionalized anti-Semitism in the Third Reich
Defence Ministry showed the "problematic missile" 9M729
At a special briefing, the military and diplomats clearly demonstrated that Russia does not violate the Treaty on Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). Unlike the USA
Military attachés and journalists were invited to a huge pavilion, where two missiles and one launcher awaited them.
It was an unprecedented briefing. Journalists from around the world gathered in the "Patriot” park in the Moscow region. The military attaches of diplomatic missions who wanted to hear explanations about the missile, due to which the US wants to withdraw from the INF Treaty, arrived there. Hear and see with your own eyes.
The permanent agreement by which Moscow and Washington pledged to eliminate their medium-range and short-range ground-based missiles, their launchers, and related structures and equipment, was signed in 1987. The corresponding weapons and infrastructure were destroyed in 1991, and until recently no complaints have arisen.
But at some point, the United States suddenly became preoccupied with the Russian 9M729 cruise missile, which allegedly has a range of over 500 kilometres, thus violating the INF Treaty.
“At the same time, no objective supporting data has been provided to us,” stated the Chief of the Missile Forces and Artillery of the Russian Armed Forces Mikhail Matveyevsky at a joint briefing with the Foreign Ministry. “As for the US statements about missile launches at the Kapustin Yar range in the Astrakhan region, a wide range of various products are being tested there, including some with flights over a distance exceeding 500 km. From 2008 to 2014, more than 100 start-ups for various purposes were held at the site. All launches of ground-to-ground missiles were conducted at a distance not exceeding the limits of the INF. The only exceptions are strategic launches specified by the United States in the framework of the 1982 Agreement.
For clarity, the Russian side decided to demonstrate the inconsistency of the American claims "in kind." Military attaches and journalists were invited to a huge pavilion, where two missiles and one launcher were already waiting for them. 9M728 (there are no complaints about it) and its modified version the Iskander-M 9M729 (“controversial”) were lined with white stripes in blocks to show that the part responsible for the flight range was not increased during the upgrade.
“The improvement of the 9M728 cruise missile was aimed at increasing the power of the warhead and accuracy characteristics,” explained Mikhail Matveyevsky. Both missiles are combined in most major units.
What happened after the revision:
- the power of the warhead increased.
- A new on-board control complex has appeared, providing higher accuracy.
- Due to the new equipment, the missile of the same diameter has become longer.
- Start-up container "grew" by 53 centimeters.
- a specialized version of the self-propelled launcher was developed.
“Now, not two, but four missiles are installed on it.”
- The launcher and the main engines with the fuel system of the 9M729 missile remained unchanged - the fuel volume is the same as that of the predecessor.
In other words, there are simply no design features in the “offending missile” that could increase the flight range. Moreover, the range has decreased.
The maximum range of the 9M729 missile decreased by 10 km compared to 9M728 and is 480 km. These characteristics were confirmed during the Zapad-2017 exercises,” the head of the missile forces and artillery summed up.
“We are forced to proceed from the assumption that the American side intends to abandon the Treaty regardless of Russia's opinion and actions,” concluded Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The real reason for the USA’s exit from the INF Treaty is in Washington’s striving to ensure complete freedom of hand in choosing the means of counteracting those countries that have an arsenal of medium-range and shorter-range missiles and which are geopolitical opponents and adversaries of the United States.
According to the diplomat, the Americans are already testing systems that are prohibited by the INF Treaty, under the guise of anti-missile tests. These are the so-called target missiles, similar in characteristics to medium-range and short-range ground-based ballistic missiles, which are prohibited by the Treaty. And by alleging violations of the treaty, Washington simply wants to legalize these missile systems.