Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, that US military is preparing the armed forces of European countries for the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Russia. Lavrov's statement was reported by Sputnik News.
Russia is concerned by US nuclear strategy and the increasing role of nuclear weapons being improved with the creation and deployment of "small-charged" fillers.
"Nuclear disarmament is also being hampered by the preservation of American non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe, accompanied by the destabilizing practice of joint nuclear missions," Lavrov stated.
According to him, within the framework of these missions, "in a grave breach of the NPT, non-nuclear NATO members are participating in the planning of the use of US non-strategic nuclear weapons and are also involved developing the relevant skills".
"It should be clear to everyone that the US military is thus preparing the armed forces of European countries for the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Russia," Lavrov said.
Lavrov confirms that Moscow is ready to resume talks at a disarmament conference and that Russia has no taboo regarding any of the items on the agenda.
"Despite impressive achievements within the framework of the Russian-American agreement, we are forced to note many remaining issues to our colleagues from Washington. In particular, regarding the unilateral removal of a significant number of carriers from the account, in fact, bypassing those procedures that are stipulated in the Treaty and which presuppose an understanding of the methods of deducting from the account the carriers of another country," said Lavrov.
"Urgent resumption of talks required to address issues of arms control, non-proliferation," said Lavrov. Speaking on the weaponry, Lavrov stated, that the Russian Federation’s nuclear arsenal has been reduced by more than 85% in comparison to the peak of the Cold war.
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According to: Sputnik