MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry has angrily rejected a U.S. claim of Moscow’s possible violation of a global nuclear test ban.
Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, said Wednesday that Russia “probably” is not adhering to a pact banning nuclear weapons testing. Speaking at the Hudson Institute, Ashley said Russia’s nuclear activities would help it improve its weapons capabilities.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Ashley’s assertion as a “crude provocation.” It emphasized that Russia ratified the ban in 2000 and has “strictly adhered to its letter and spirit.”
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The ministry said Ashley’s “absolutely unfounded” claim could reflect an attempt to divert attention from Washington’s staunch refusal to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and may herald a U.S. intention to resume nuclear weapons tests.
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