NATO leaders ignoring nuclear war risk Russian envoy

The US-led bloc does not take the threat of nuclear conflict seriously, said ’s ambassador to the US

Russia’s envoy to the United States has warned that the powers do not take the risk of nuclear war seriously, claiming that the West, and not Moscow, is pursuing brinkmanship amid tensions competing with the 1962 Cuban Missile .

Talk to Newsweek for one interview on Thursday, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, condemned Western officials for “a plethora of blatantly misrepresentations” of Moscow’s nuclear doctrine and a clear lack of concern about the potential for a thermonuclear exchange that would end civilization.

“The current generation of NATO politicians clearly does not take the nuclear threat seriously,” Antonov said, adding that as military bloc leaders continue to misinterpret the risk of nuclear war, Russian officials have “never stopped our efforts to reach agreements that will guarantee a catastrophic confrontation.” will not be released. “

US officials meanwhile insist Russia has increased nuclear power, with both Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley accusing the country of “nuclear saber-rattling” following a media interview with Russia last month. Sergey Lavrov, who claimed that the risk of nuclear war is “serious, real, and we must not underestimate it.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced similar accusations after escalating readiness status of Moscow’s nuclear forces shortly after launching a “special military operation” in Ukraine in late February. He said the move was triggered by “aggressive statements” from NATO members and “unfriendly economic actions against our country” – referring to a deluge of Western sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Antonov, however, dismissed Austin and Milley’s allegations as part of an “unfounded … propaganda campaign” and went on to detail Russia’s own nuclear policy, which states that such weapons may only be used “in response to the use of weapons of mass destruction against Russia and its allies, or in the event of aggression against our country, when the very existence of the state is jeopardized. “

The envoy’s comments come weeks after former Russian President and – who now serves as vice chairman of the Moscow Security Council – warned of new nuclear build-ups in the Baltic Sea region in the event of the Nordic states Sweden and joining NATO. Both countries have repeatedly expressed interest in joining and are expected to submit membership applications sometime in the coming weeks.

Nuclear power between Washington and Moscow has steadily increased in recent years. Under the Trump administration, Washington scrapped the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, a major arms control pact signed during the ’s waning days that set strict limits on US and Soviet nuclear weapons and effectively eliminated an entire category of bombs. In addition to a direct ban on medium-range missiles, the deal also limited the number of warheads that each side could deploy at any given time and created extensive inspection protocols.

Trump was also close to killing the landmark New START agreement, one of the last remaining arms control agreements that held back the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals, but his successor succeeded save the treaty in coordination with Putin.

During President George W. Bush’s reign in the early 2000s, Washington also withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Convention (ABM), another measure aimed at reducing the risk of a nuclear exchange with restrictions on missile defense systems. Although such weapons are apparently intended for defensive purposes, ABM superiority achieved by one side may increase the chances of a nuclear-first attack, as leaders may be convinced that the systems will avert “mutually assured destruction” and allow for unilateral victory. .



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