Pentagon says US does not intend to resume dialogue on missile defense


Russia-U.S. dialogue on missile defense, which was halted last year at Washington's initiative due to the aggression of Russia in Ukraine, remains frozen.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TASS, this was confirmed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Elaine Bunn.

Bunn is the one responsible for nuclear and missile defense policies.

Responding to TASS correspondent's question about condition of the bilateral dialogue on missile defense, the Pentagon official laconically said they were not talking.

However, she made it clear that the prospects for resuming the consultations, from Washington's perspective, remain rather vague at the moment. Asked to clarify what may be the fate of the dialogue on missile defense in the foreseeable future, Bunn responded in kind, saying that she did not know how this period appeared to Russia, and what were Moscow's actions for this time interval.

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In his turn, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for arms control, verification, and compliance F
rank Rose, who also participated in the workshop, confirmed in his speech that Washington still considered Moscow's demands to provide legal guarantees that U.S. missile defense system is not directed against Russia unacceptable. Granting such guarantees would undermine the U.S. ability to ward off missile threats in its address, as well as those against foreign partners and allies, the diplomat claimed.

Rose assured that the U.S. missile defense system is not aimed against the strategic nuclear forces of Russia and China. However, the United States will not undertake commitments which might eliminate its flexibility in the field of defense, Rose emphasized. According to him, Washington is against Russia's attempts to impose restrictions on further development of the U.S. missile defense system.

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