Moscow, 5 December. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday that stalling of talks on strategic stability by the United States multiplies the risks.
“We regret that at this moment the strategic dialogue between Russia and the US, the owners of the largest nuclear arsenals (…) has been blocked by Washington,” Lavrov said in a video message to Moscow conference participants. Nonproliferation Nuclear.
The head of Russian diplomacy recalled that the latest tangible result of the joint efforts of Russia and the United States has been the agreement to extend the START III or New START treaty for the reduction of strategic arms for five years, until February 5, 2026. ,
“It is clear that in the absence of negotiating work to maintain strategic stability, existing problems will be exacerbated. This could lead to a multiplication of risks,” he said.
Lavrov stressed that in fact US and NATO policy aimed at armed conflict with Russia represents a “serious danger”.
“It is clear that this could lead to a direct conflict between the nuclear powers with catastrophic consequences,” he stressed.
The minister indicated that Moscow is forced to send “warning signals” about this situation from time to time.
“But instead of paying attention to these, the West maliciously misrepresents them and accuses us of using threatening rhetoric,” he said.
The US suspended talks on arms control following Russia’s war intervention in Ukraine.
In turn, Russia informed Washington in August of its decision to ban on-site inspections of its nuclear weapons arsenal, citing difficulties in doing so in the US due to Western restrictions on overflight permits and granting visas to Russians. Gave. officers.
Russia unilaterally suspended bilateral Consultative Commission meetings with the US on New Start, before resuming talks on 29 November in Egypt.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained the decision as the US’ “reluctance” to take into account Russian priorities and focus on its desire to resume inspections of the Russian arsenal.