The Russian top diplomat comments on the US decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty
BISHKEK, February 4. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov does not expect a new Cold War to follow the suspension of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), as he himself said at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University on Monday.
“I don’t think that we should talk about a new Cold War. A new era has begun, an era when the United States decides to move towards destroying the entire arms control system, which is regrettable,” the Russian top diplomat noted. “US experts are already saying that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which expires in 2021 will come next,” he added.
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Update #1: Russia: U.S. exit from nuclear pact would not mean new Cold War – RIA (Reuters)
Update #2: Russia: US nuclear pact withdrawal does not mean ‘development of a Cold War’ (The Hill)
WNU Editor: I disagree with the Russian Foreign Minister. There is a lot of hostility directed at the Kremlin from Washington right now, and it is a trend line that is getting worse with each passing day. We are at a low-level “Cold War” right now, and I do not see any possibility of relations improving in the future. In fact …. I see it getting worse as the 2020 U.S. Presidential election approaches.