State Department says Russia in compliance with bioweapons treaty

A top negotiator at the U.S. State Department has announced that Russia has not been cheating on its chemical and biological weapons treaty obligations.

The announcement comes after the State Department released a compliance report detailing areas where it was unclear whether or not Russia was complying with the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention, both of which were signed by the Soviet Union and continued by the following Russian government, reports.

Rose Gottemoeller, the lead negotiator for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and assistant secretary of state for verification, compliance and implementation, told that the department’s report does not imply Russia is cheating, nor does it undermine the Obama administration’s belief that Russia will continue to be a reliable partner.

Any compliance and verification issues, Gottemoeller argued, were over minor technicalities.

“Generally the record for the major conventions is a good one,” Gottemoeller told

The compliance report states it is unclear whether Russia has fulfilled its BWC obligations. For the CWC, the report says that the United States is unable to determine whether or not Russia fully declared its chemical weapons capabilities and whether or not it is implementing the agreed upon destruction and verification portions of the convention.

Gottemoeller did agree that there have been some unanswered questions about programs leftover from the Soviet Union, but said that Russia is working with the conventions’ oversight bodies to resolve the outstanding issues.