Lavrov spoke about the prospects of a new arms race


RIA Novosti

The possible exit of Washington from the Treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) and the Treaty on strategic offensive arms (start-3) could provoke a new arms race. About this on air of the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1” said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, quoted by “the Russian newspaper”.

According to the head of the foreign Ministry, the decision on the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty made and will be formalized very soon that became clear from meetings between President Vladimir Putin and the national security Advisor to the US John Bolton. “The fact that the decision was made and executed, is an objective fact for us, — said Lavrov. Is bad”.

In addition, if the American leadership will not renew the contract on strategic offensive arms, which expires in 2021, there are no legal frameworks to curb the arms race will remain, believes Lavrov. The foreign Minister recalled the words of Putin that Russia will be forced to respond to adverse changes in the strategic situation, but will never make it too costly methods.

October 21, U.S. President Donald trump said that the country exits the INF Treaty of 1987, which does not allow the parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,5 thousand kilometers. Trump has promised “to develop weapons as long as Russia and China will not agree to a new deal”. Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said in response that it is actually a Declaration of intent to engage in an arms race. The possibility of adopting a new Treaty in the Kremlin rejected.

Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating the terms of the INF Treaty.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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