A top Russian diplomat said President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from a landmark treaty on nuclear weapons is a perilous move.
A Russian senator in turn said the US leaving the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty would seriously undermine nuclear non-proliferation efforts.
According to Russian news agency TASS, on Sunday October 21st, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, "At first glance, I can say that apparently the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) creates problems for pursuing the line towards the US total domination in military sphere. Apparently, inability and unwillingness to come to terms with us on a sound foundation push certain forces in Washington to encourage the country’s leadership to make a decision on a formal withdrawal from the treaty. This would be a very dangerous step, which, I am sure, won’t be just understood by the international community, but arouse serious condemnation of all members of the world community, who are committed to security and stability and are ready to work on strengthening the current regimes in arms control.”
Ryabkov told TASS that Russia expects that US National Security Advisor John Bolton will clarify Washington’s plans on the INF Treaty.
As reported by AP, Konstatin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, said on Facebook that a US withdrawal from the treaty would mean "mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere."