No U.S. president will sign a statement on the inadmissibility of nuclear war with Russia, such as that signed by leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1985 – and whoever does sign this document should be punished. This is how the Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Marshall Billingsley, spoke against this step in his speech at the National Institute for Public Policy. His speech was published on the Institute’s website.
According to the special representative, in its military doctrine, the Russian Federation is increasingly relying on nuclear weapons, although it does not say so on the international arena. Billingsley said that in case of conflict with NATO, the Russian state will seek the enemy’s surrender with tactical weapons and stressed that there will be no surrender – any use of such weapons will have consequences.
“They cannot be trusted when it comes to arms control. Let us not forget that they have been secretly violating the RSMD treaty for over a decade. They secretly produced, tested and took on a short-range missile with a nuclear warhead. The russian military is now deploying missile battalions supposedly aimed at naTo.
He stressed that the destruction of the russian-U.S. missile treaties also had a positive side: future agreements should necessarily include China, which was building its nuclear capability while the U.S. and Russia were bound. Any future treaty, he said, should include China.
The Treaty on Elimination of Intermediate and Shorter Range Missiles (DRSMD) was officially terminated on August 2. Washington broke off the agreement, allegedly because Russia violated its terms. The Treaty was signed by Moscow and Washington in December 1987.