Russia is ready to hold dialogue with the U.S. on hypersonic weapons, but only on equal terms. A time when our country made concessions to the West to the detriment of their interests passed, according to a former commander of the aerospace defence forces, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Bondarev.
Earlier in Washington said that the U.S. is considering the possibility of an agreement in the field of strategic offensive arms subject to the inclusion of new Russian weapons, including hypersonic.
Commenting on the statement by Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who outlined the conditions of the dialogue with the U.S. on hypersonic weapons, the ex-commander said, “Today Russia in the international arena operates mirror and takes into account its own national interests”.
He criticized the prisoner during the time of Gorbachev the Treaty on the reduction of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF) for serious concessions to counterparties in the hope of achieving thus their loyalty. According to him, the INF Treaty – “an example of sacrificing Russia’s national interests, neglect of the objective requirements of national security in favor of dubious “friendship” with the West.”
Viktor Bondarev reminded that if the Soviet Union destroyed 2 times more missiles than the United States. This was abolished by the Soviet missile complex “Oka”, which did not fall under the restrictions of the INF range from 500 km to 5500 km Range, “Oki” was – 400 km, These missiles completely destroyed. “And all this went, not having then the same missiles in air and sea carriers,” – said the former commander.
According to him, “on hypersonic weapons we beat the entire world, including the United States.” “Of course, we should expect from the Americans attempts to reach a dialogue with us on favorable conditions for them. But the “trick” we will not succeed. The interests of national security and national defence of Russia the decision-makers are the priority,” the Senator said.
According to him, the foreign Ministry pointed to “Russia’s willingness to engage in constructive, substantive dialogue, if the United States expresses a similar willingness to discuss those American programmes, projects and plans that concern us and undermine the strategic balance of forces.”