USA (bbabo.net), - Moscow will closely monitor the further actions of Washington and its allies in the field of arms control. If necessary, take countermeasures. This was announced today, February 22, to journalists by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov.
“We will certainly be closely monitoring the further actions of the United States and its allies, including with a view to taking further countermeasures, if necessary,” the diplomat said.
As the Deputy Minister emphasized, Moscow proceeds from the fact that in the context of a radically changed attitude of the United States in general to the topic of international security, ongoing attempts in various areas to increase pressure on the Russian Federation, “it is no longer possible to conduct business in this area, as has been accepted in recent years. ", reports TASS.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a message to the Federal Assembly, announced that Russia was suspending its participation in the START, but not withdrawing from it. The head of state stressed that before returning to discussing the issue of continuing work within the framework of the treaty, the Russian side must understand for itself how the START will take into account the arsenals not only of the United States, but also of other NATO nuclear powers - Great Britain and France. The State Duma at a meeting on Wednesday unanimously adopted a law on the suspension of Russia's participation in the New START Treaty.