Mikhail Gorbachev decries US nuclear stance as ‘a dire threat to peace’

Russia asks US to clarify future arms control policy

Gorbachev: Trump Ditching Nuclear Treaty With Russia Poses 'Dire Threat to Peace'

Moscow is indeed preparing for war, he said - just in case the United States starts one, RT reported.Speaking at the UN on Friday, Andrey Belousov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, said that Russia is indeed readying itself for war, so it can defend its people against American aggression.At a recent meeting, the U.S. stated that Russia is preparing for war.

The Cuban missile crisis in 1962 brought the United States and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war, but Europe became the key nuclear theatre, with missiles capable of mass destruction facing each other across the Iron Curtain for decades.

20 that Washington planned to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty which Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, and Ronald Reagan had signed in 1987.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who arrived in Moscow earlier this week, signaled that Washington is determined to withdraw from the INF arms-control treaty because it doesn't apply to countries like China, Iran or North Korea, Lavrov said.

NATO's European members support the plan.

Several of the countries that abstained argued the issue was more a matter for the U.N. Security Council.

For his part, Putin has calibrated his actions with care.

The United States has in effect taken the initiative in destroying the entire system of worldwide treaties and accords that served as the underlying foundation for peace and security following World War II.

The treaty required both Russian Federation and the United States to eliminate an entire class of weapons - all ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers.

Trump himself seemed to open up that possibility on Saturday. Or it could be an indication by the Russians that they have "woken up to the danger" they have put the treaty in and changed course, he said.

Speaking at a rally in Nevada, he said: 'Russia has not, unfortunately, honoured the agreement so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out.

The Cold War-era agreement bars Moscow and Washington from testing, producing or deploying missiles on land with ranges from 500 to 5,500 kilometers, and applies to both nuclear and conventional variants. On Jan. 15, 1986, the Soviet Union had proposed not only to eliminate Soviet and USA mid-range missiles, but also to implement a comprehensive three-stage programme to ban nuclear weapons by the year 2000. And the Americans, the Chinese point out, have missiles of the same range at sea and on aircraft, which are permitted by the treaty. While the Justice Department has indicted Russians working for the Internet Research Agency, officers of the intelligence organization formerly known as the GRU, and now an "accountant" charged with aiding influence campaigns with millions of dollars, none is known to be in custody. "So far we have not been able to find any". "Then they said that two tests have taken place and provided us with the date of those trials and their location - Kapustin Yar [testing facility in southern Russia]", Lavrov said. "It does not have to be symmetric and it'll be in close consultation with allies".

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