Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US military is preparing the armed forces of Europe to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia. He said this at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Tass reports .
According to Lavrov, disarmament is hampered by the fact that the US stores “non-strategic nuclear weapons” in Europe and conducts “destabilizing” “joint nuclear missions”. Within the framework of these missions, the planning of the use of American non-strategic nuclear weapons is being conducted, “non-nuclear” NATO members participate in it and master “relevant skills”, the minister stressed.
It should be clear to everyone that the US military is preparing the armed forces of the European countries for the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Russia.
According to Lavrov, Russia does not have deployed tactical nuclear weapons, and the country does not work out its application. All available ammunition is concentrated in the national territory.
In these conditions, the availability of US tactical nuclear weapons ready for use in Europe is not just a rudiment of the Cold War, but an obviously aggressive position.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed by the USSR, the United States and other countries in the 1960s. Now almost all countries have joined it, except for Israel, India, Pakistan and the DPRK. Russia and the US repeatedly accused each other of non-compliance with the treaty.
On February 2, the Pentagon published a new nuclear doctrine, which said that Russia considers it possible to use the first “low-yield” nuclear weapon in case of war with the US ally. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the content of the new nuclear doctrine caused the department “deep disappointment.” According to the report, the Russian military doctrine assumes the use of nuclear weapons only in the event of an attack on Russia or its allies using nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction, or in the event of a threat to the “very existence of the state” with the use of any weapons.
On February 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia risks unleashing a new nuclear race in Europe and called for the observance of the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). It obliges the United States and Russia to destroy all complexes of medium-range and shorter-range ballistic and cruise missiles, and also not to produce such missiles in the future.