Russian Federation says preparing answers to US questions on arms control pact

U.S. exit from nuclear arms pact increases risks of war – Gorbachev

Russian Federation lost a vote Friday that would have allowed the U.N. General Assembly to consider a resolution supporting a landmark missile treaty and opposing U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from it. But he stressed that Russian Federation will never engage in a full-fledged arms race with the U-S since it would dramatically undermine the country's economic potential.

Moscow could also propose its draft to the 193-country UN General Assembly without first receiving approval from the disarmament committee.

Mattis said he asked European allies for ideas at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Belgium earlier this month, about two weeks before President Donald Trump announced that the United States planned to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or the INF Treaty.

Mattis consulted European allies for suggestions more than two weeks before Trump announced on October 20 that he planned to withdraw the United States from the bilateral pact, which Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed in 1987, marking a breakthrough in Cold War arms control diplomacy.

Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, called the move "a gift to Russian Federation that exposes Europe to a growing nuclear threat", because as the United States enters an arms race, "Russia can quickly deploy new weapons in numbers". The limitation of the treaty was that it eliminated short-range and intermediate-range nuclear missiles launched from land, but not those launched from sea and air.

"Faced with this dire threat to peace, we are not helpless".

The Minister said that a proposal to return to a comfortable environment for diplomats, Moscow has offered Washington repeatedly. "A new arms race has been announced". Much more is at stake.

Russian Federation denies any such violations and says it will respond in kind if the USA leaves the INF treaty.

"The main losers for this move will be both US leadership and credibility, and also for Russian Federation and Europe, who will be faced with even greater instability and risk of conflict", Wolfsthal added.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: (Through interpreter) If it gets to the point that European countries agree to base USA missiles then they should understand they're putting themselves under threat of a potential retaliatory strike. "Why do they want to build up their nuclear capability?"

"With enough political will, any problems of compliance with the existing treaties could be resolved", Gorbachev pointed out. With U.S. withdrawing from the INF agreement, such talks are nowadays likely more far-away then ever before.

The actual scrapping of the weapons was seen as a key moment in consigning the Cold War to history. "And that is a possibility that can not be ruled out", the former Soviet leader warned.

Yet I am convinced that those who hope to benefit from a global free-for-all are deeply mistaken.



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