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Russia: There is a risk of nuclear war

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — “There is a risk of nuclear war due to the deterioration of global stability,” said the Russian deputy foreign minister.

Moscow had previously warned that the United States was jeopardizing global security by withdrawing from or refusing to extend strategic agreements, as the world no longer had any document regulating the nuclear weapons field.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today, Thursday, September 12, 2009, that there is a relatively high risk that a nuclear war breaks out, stressing that negative political attitudes and tendencies have become particularly apparent this year.

“The situation regarding [the world’s] strategic stability is getting worse and worse. Unfortunately, it is an indisputable fact. The risks are also rising … there is a risk of a nuclear war breaking out, even if no party wants to launch the nuclear conflict, “said Ryabkov in a speech in Moscow.

The diplomat also said that Washington appeared to want to work with Moscow on the new START arms reduction treaty but that “the actions of our Western colleagues are becoming more and more emotional, sometimes quite aggressive” and that the agreement “may well become the next victim of the American campaign to break free from arms control.”

“We are concerned about the situation surrounding the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. After making unjustified charges of violating the text’s obligations, the United States, which does not intend to ratify it, is now working to maintain its test bases to resume testing.” he warned.

The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is the common name for a strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. It was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague and, after its ratification, came into force on February 5, 2011 for a period of ten years.

New START replaced the START I treaty, which expired on 5 December 2009. The terms of the treaty limit the number of strategic nuclear launchers deployed to 700 and the number of nuclear warheads deployed on those launchers to 1 550. And they are also establishing a new system of inspection and verification of compliance with the terms of the agreement.

The agreement will expire in 2021, but it can be extended until 2026.

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