Moscow considers the problem of NATO nuclear missions in Europe, which contradict the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), a serious problem. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said this at a briefing, which is being broadcast on the ministry’s Facebook page.
According to her, presence of American nuclear weapons in Europe goes against Articles 1 and 2 of the NPT. At the same time, the countries where they are stockpiled are in violation of safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the diplomat stressed.
“We are convinced that there is only one realistic solution to this problem (…). It means return of all American nuclear weapons to the territory of the United States,” Zakharova said. She also named as necessary the elimination of all infrastructure for its storage and deployment and abandonment of the exercises in which the military of non-nuclear NATO countries were trained to use it.
Earlier, NATO opposed the treaty banning nuclear weapons, which is to enter into force on January 22, 2021. The alliance pointed out that the agreement “contradicts the current nonproliferation and disarmament architecture.
On November 30, Russia accused NATO of violating the nuclear weapons treaty. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov called on the alliance to stop the practice of nuclear exchanges, which “leads to the fact that such weapons can be placed on the territory of non-nuclear member states of the alliance.