The aggressive policies of NATO member states and the deployment of U.S. launchers near Russia’s borders force Moscow to prepare for a worse scenario. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“Representatives of the White House administration, the Pentagon and the NATO international secretariat will give us assurances that the U.S. and the alliance have no plans or intentions to deploy future systems of such distance on land in Europe. But what is happening, in particular, with the fundamental act of Russia-NATO – the document of 1997, which states that the alliance has no plans and intentions or reasons to deploy significant forces near the Russian borders – shows that all this is easily changing and we need to prepare for the worst-case scenario,” the diplomat said.
The deployment of U.S. missiles on land near Russia’s borders would cause a serious complication, he said. “We may find ourselves in a situation of missile crisis close not just to the crisis of the 1980s, but close to the Caribbean,” Ryabkov said.
The deputy minister drew attention to the high level of understanding and sympathy of the majority of the international community for Russia’s position on the Intermediate Range and Shorter Range Missile Treaty. “This is also reflected in joint documents. But, alas, no one has cancelled the bloc solidarity of the West either,” Ryabkov added.
According to him, Russia will do everything possible to ensure its security and that of its allies after the U.S. withdraws from the SDMD. “This is a major destabilizing step that undermines regional security. We cannot help but react in a mirror-like manner… We are ready to continue to take a responsible approach, but we will do everything possible to ensure our own national security and the security of our allies in a changing environment,” the diplomat said, adding that the U.S. bears full responsibility for the Treaty’s failure.
Ryabkov also noted that the fate of the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty has also been called into question. “The Russian Federation has repeatedly suggested that the U.S. consider the possibility of extending the START Treaty for another five years, as provided for by the Treaty itself. However, this should be preceded by a solution to the known problem of the artificial withdrawal of a significant number of strategic carriers from the treaty, which the Americans have declared to be converted into non-nuclear missions. We are talking about 56 launchers of ballistic missiles of submarines Trident-2 and 41 heavy bombers B52H”, – reminded the diplomat.
“We are worried and very worried about signals from Washington that, first of all, there is no hurry, the decision will be made later. Second, there are recent signals that the START Treaty may not be extended at all, as it is unlikely to meet U.S. interests in terms of what these security interests are now interpreted by the current administrations,” Ryabkov said.