A LEADING Russian official has warned that Russia is preparing for war in the wake of the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), in a sign of growing tensions between the two foes.
Andrei Belousov, deputy head of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Minister, raised concerns over potential future conflict between the US and Russia, stating that Moscow will defend its territorial integrity and principles in response to US aggression.
Mr Belousov made his remarks after the First Committee of the UN General Assembly voted against a draft resolution to the INF proposed by Russia in support of the treaty.
He said: “Here recently at the meeting, the United States said that Russia is preparing for war.
“Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I have confirmed it.
“We are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people – we are preparing for such a war.”
However, Mr Belousov underlined that Russia was merely defending itself against increasing threats, and accused the US of being the catalyst of aggression.
He said: “Linguistically, this difference is in just one word, both in Russian and in English; Russia is preparing for war, and the US is preparing a war.
The Russian official warned that if the US does withdraw from the treaty, the world will witness increasing danger and instability.
He concluded: “If the United States comes out of the treaty and starts building up its nuclear potential in an uncontrolled manner, we will face another reality.”
The INF Treaty was established in 1987 between the leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan at the height of the Cold War.
Donald Trump nevertheless accused Russia of breaking key commitments of the accord; an accusation that Russia has denied.
Speaking at a rally in Nevada, he said: “Russia has not, unfortunately, honoured the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.
“We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to.”
Full article: ‘We are preparing for war’ Russia issues SHOCK warning over US withdrawal from INF Treaty (Express)