Dmitry Zlatarev. Possible deployment by Russia of nuclear weapons in the Crimea will not help the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said on Wednesday Deputy Secretary of state for arms control and international security rose Gottemoeller.
the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation as part of a recent surprise inspection of combat readiness of the reported plans of relocation to the Crimea ten Tu-22M3 long-range aviation, which have the capability to carry nuclear weapons, however, about the plans to send the nuclear warheads were not documented. For its part, the U.S. expressed concern about the possible deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Crimea. In response, the Director of the Department on non-proliferation and observation arms of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ulyanov said that Moscow may deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea, but as long as data on such plans.
"It's not going to help the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements ", - said Gottemoeller, answering the question about the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in Crimea, given during an online briefing for correspondents at the beginning of the opening at the forthcoming decade in new York, the conference on the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT).
Gottemoeller stressed " the importance of fulfilling their obligations, all parties of the Minsk agreements, including the Russian Federation ". In her expressions, " It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons ".
Deputy Secretary of state reiterated the position about the fact that Washington considers Crimea as Ukrainian territory " and "does not accept the Russian claim" on her. Along with this, she admitted that the U.S. " there is no evidence that the Russian Federation hosts nuclear weapons there ". Anyway, she said, " Americans will be very seriously to Express their concerns on this issue ".
Meeting of the contact group on Ukraine on 12 February, ended with the adoption of a package of measures on execution of the Minsk agreements, involving, for example, a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the development of the security zone. In addition, the document obliges the authorities of Ukraine to engage in direct dialogue with the authorized DND and LNR, for example, on the issue of conduct in local elections, entering into the Constitution of Ukraine of change, involving the decentralization of power, as well as on the issue of legislative recognition of special status of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions ".