US seeking to wreck entire arms control system — Lavrov

US seeking to wreck entire arms control system — Lavrov
# 02 November 2019 07:53 (UTC +04:00)

The United States seems to be seeking to break down the entire system of strategic stability, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Rossiya-24 TV channel on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.

"The Americans’ recent actions suggest an idea that they would be glad to wreck the entire system of international treaties, at least in the sphere of strategic stability and arms control," Lavrov said. "Look, they ‘buried’ the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 and did the same to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty this year. Reports are coming that they are about to officially announce withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies," he noted.

He also pointed to the fact that Washington had decided not to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and offered no constructive proposals on the extension of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction) Treaty, which will expire in February 2021.

"I think the international community will ultimately speak up in favor of saving the system that ensures strategic stability, parity and agreements in the sphere of arms control," Lavrov stressed. "At least, at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session, we submitted a draft resolution calling on countries to seek agreement on new approaches to make it possible for all to feel safer than we do now."

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