MOSCOW, March 28. — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed that the US “should change its behavior” and return to the principles of the START Treaty and the UN Charter in order for Russia to resume contacts with this country regarding its participation in strategic weapons. Reduction Treaty, START III.
In an interview with ITAR-TASS and in a Russia Today review, Lavrov pointed out that, however, US actions now “directly contradict these principles.”
“A hybrid war has been declared on Russia, and on a large scale,” he said.
“In this situation, when the United States is pursuing this policy, I don’t see what changes should occur, if not within the American establishment and, of course, within the collective West, which is completely crushed by Washington,” he said. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
In this context, the high-ranking diplomat expressed the hope that “someday reason will prevail, logic of dialogue will prevail instead of confrontation, a balance of interests will prevail, and not solving one’s geopolitical problems through hybrid wars and other types.”
“But so far we see no signs that the United States is ready to think about the need to return to the roots enshrined (…) in international legal documents,” he said.
Lavrov assured that Moscow “completely suspended its participation in the treaty” and that “the readiness to maintain the limits of strategic offensive weapons established by the treaty is nothing more than a gesture of goodwill.”
On February 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law providing for the suspension of the country’s participation in the treaty, under which the signatory states promised to reduce their nuclear forces to 700 carriers,
1550 nuclear warheads and 800 launchers, recalled Russia Today.
Putin then warned that the discussion on the issue would not begin until “we understand what the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, such as France and the UK, are demanding, and how we will take into account their strategic arsenals, i.e., the total attack potential.”
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