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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Unity Claims Yehsin Sold Out to U. S.

In an unabashed effort to discredit President Boris Yeltsin, leaders of the hardline Russian Unity bloc on Wednesday publicized a document that they claimed was an agreement between the United States and Russia on weapons of mass destruction.

At a press conference, Mikhail Astafyev produced what he said was an agreement "on safe and reliable methods of transporting, storing and eliminating nuclear, chemical and other weapons and on averting their proliferation".

Astafyev said the agreement was signed by Yeltsin and President George Bush on June 17, 1992, during a summit meeting in Washington. He said it allows U. S. officials to carry any equipment into or out of Russia without customs checks, making Russia an "occupied territory".

A U. S. Embassy official said he could not comment, but that he was doubtful of anything that originated with the Russian Unity bloc.

Russian Unity are among the president's most bitter opponents, and proposed a motion to have him impeached during the first day of the Congress session Tuesday. The motion failed, but they have now set their sights on acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar.

Astafyev read out Article 7 of the alleged agreement, which said that Russia could "bring no court actions against U. S. or contracted personnel for damage to property belonging to the "Russian Federation, or death of the personnel of the Russian Federation, or damage to their health caused by activities pursuant to the agreement".

Belarus rejected a U. S. offer of aid for dismantling nuclear weapons on the former republic's territory in October. At the time Belarus Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Tushinsky, quoted disclaimers of responsibility in a proposed U. S. agreement that were identical to the ones Astafyev read out as reasons for rejecting it.