NATO’s joint nuclear missions are a serious threat to the regime of non-proliferation, Moscow is concerned over the US plans to station new nuclear weapons in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.
“Such joint NATO nuclear missions are a serious threat in the non-proliferation sphere as they contradict directly the spirit and the letter of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It is a cause of great concern that the United States are planning to deploy new nuclear bombs of reduced power but with greater accuracy in Europe within the framework of modernizing its nuclear arsenal,” Ryabkov said.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues its buildup of missile capabilities close to Russian borders to Moscow’s concern, Sergey Ryabkov said.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced its worries about the United States’ European Phased Adaptive Approach missile buildup in the immediate vicinity of Russian borders, Ryabkov said at the Russian Civic Chamber. He noted the destabilizing factor of the US missile system’s European phase and its negative impact on Russia’s strategic deterrence tools.
“Although this level has not been reached, the capacity of the US and NATO missile shield will be stepped up. In this regard, we consider Washington’s and Brussels’ reluctance to adjust its missile defense plans symptomatic, despite reaching agreements to resolve the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program,” Ryabkov said.