US called Russian military activity not open enough

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States considers insufficient the openness of Russia in terms of providing information on its military activities, which is provided for by the Vienna Document (VD) 2011 on confidence and security building measures.

This position is recorded in the published report of the State Department on compliance with international agreements in the field of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament in 2018.

“The United States believes that Russia’s selective implementation of certain provisions of the Vienna Document and the consequent loss of transparency regarding Russian military activities have limited the effectiveness of the confidence-building and security regime. Russia’s selective implementation also raises concerns about Russia’s compliance with the Vienna Document,” the report said.

As evidence, the document cites the US’s traditional accusations against the Russian Federation of “occupying the Crimea” and “conducting hostilities along with anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine.”

In addition, the authors of the document indicate that Russia refuses to provide information about its military units in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as about the military unit “at the airport in Kursk” and the coast guard unit in Crimea. Additionally, as stated in the report, Russia refuses to provide information about the BRM-1K combat reconnaissance vehicle (in service since 1973 – ed.), Two types of combat aircraft and one type of helicopter that are in service with the Russian army “at least 2017.”

The 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures regulates the policy of military openness of the participating countries in Europe and on the territory of the Central Asian republics.

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