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‘Russia is on the verge of direct collision with US and NATO’, Moscow warns

Russia warned today that it is on “the verge of a direct clash with the US and NATO” and that it is “quite possible” that there will be no nuclear arms control treaty with America after 2026 because of Washington’s efforts to “defeat” Moscow. to inflict. in Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Washington’s decision to supply Kiev with 31 of its fast-moving M1 Abrams tanks was an “extremely destructive move” that “escalated” the war in Ukraine.

Ryabkov claimed that Washington’s apparent push to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia means that the future of the US-Moscow nuclear arms control treaty is in doubt.

He warned that the last remaining pillar of the treaty could become null and void in 2026 without replacement.

Russia warned today that it is on “the verge of a direct clash with the US and NATO” and that it is “quite possible” that there will be no nuclear arms control treaty with America after 2026 because of Washington’s efforts to “defeat” Moscow. to inflict. in Ukraine. Pictured: The launch of a Russian Sarmat missile

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov Said Washington'S Decision To Supply Kiev With 31 Of Its Fast-Moving M1 Abrams Tanks (Pictured) Was An

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Washington’s decision to supply Kiev with 31 of its fast-moving M1 Abrams tanks (pictured) was an “extremely destructive move” that “escalated” the war in Ukraine

Both Russia and the United States still have a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons currently limited in part by the 2011 New START treaty, which was extended in 2021 to 2026.

What will happen after February 4, 2026, however, is unclear, although Washington has indicated that it wants to reach a follow-up agreement with Russia.

Asked if Moscow can envision no nuclear arms control treaty after 2026, Ryabkov told the RIA state new agency: ‘This is quite a possible scenario.’

Ryabkov, Russia’s top arms control diplomat, claimed that the United States had ignored Russia’s interests in recent years and had dismantled most of its arms control architecture.

“New START could well fall victim to this,” Ryabkov told RIA. “We are ready for such a scenario.”

Ryabkov said the START treaty aimed to strengthen strategic relations based on “mutual trust” and the principle of security.

But he said these provisions “have been violated in the most egregious and cynical manner by US actions to resolve the so-called ‘Russian question’ through aggressive containment.”

Ryabkov warned that this means Russia is now on the verge of a direct US-NATO clash.

He added: “Our relations have come to a dead end because of Washington’s anti-Russian line, which has hardened year after year and month after month in recent years.

Ryabkov Said Washington'S Apparent Push To Inflict A

Ryabkov said Washington’s apparent push to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia means the future of the US-Moscow nuclear arms control treaty is in doubt.

The entire security situation, including arms control, has been held hostage by the US line of inflicting strategic defeat on Russia.

“We will firmly oppose this by all means and means at our disposal.”

His remarks serve as a warning to Washington that its continued military support for Ukraine could undermine the last major post-Cold War bilateral arms control treaty with Russia.

The United States has provided Ukraine with more than $27 billion in security assistance since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24, including more than 1,600 Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, 8,500 Javelin anti-tank missile systems and more than 1 million 155mm artillery shells.

“The whole security situation, including arms control, has been held hostage to the US strategy to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia,” Ryabkov said.

“We will resist here with all the means and methods at our disposal.”

Talks between the US and Russia on resuming inspections under the New START treaty were called off at the last minute in November 2022. The parties have not agreed on a timetable for new talks.

A View Of The &Quot;Grad&Quot; Artillery Battery During Firing, In Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, On Sunday

A view of the ‘Grad’ artillery battery as it fires, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on Sunday

Russia and the United States, constrained by a maze of arms control agreements during the Cold War, together still account for about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads.

The United States said in its 2022 Nuclear Posture Review that Russia and China were expanding and modernizing their nuclear forces, and that Washington would pursue an arms control-based approach to avoid costly arms races.

The new START treaty limited both sides to 1,550 warheads on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic submarines and heavy bombers. Both parties met the central limits in 2018.

“Expiring the treaty without a follow-up agreement would leave Russia free to expand strategic nuclear forces that are now limited, as well as new intercontinental and regional systems not currently limited by the treaty,” the US Nuclear Attitude Review said.

“Russia is pursuing several new nuclear systems designed to endanger the US homeland or allies and partners, some of which are also not responsible under New START.”

Meanwhile, Ryabkov said Washington’s decision to supply Kiev with M1 Abrams tanks was an “extremely destructive move” that “escalated” the war in Ukraine.

“There is no doubt that this is an extremely destructive move from the point of view of trying to implement a pronounced escalation scenario in Ukraine,” he said.

“Paradoxically, US officials argue that deliveries of a wider range of increasingly sophisticated systems, including heavy systems to Ukraine, are not an escalation.”

He claimed Western countries’ decision to supply Ukraine with modern main battle tanks was “irresponsible,” adding that the international community is concerned about where Western politicians are “hunting the world.”

Washington is sending 31 of its fast-moving M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, while Berlin will initially provide at least 14 Leopard 2 tanks and allow other NATO countries – including Poland, Norway, Finland and Spain – to build their own tanks to Kiev.

The UK has already said it will send 14 Challenger 2 tanks and Ukrainian troops who landed in Britain on Saturday to learn how to use next-generation main battle tanks against Russian soldiers.

But the delivery of these tanks is still months away, leaving Kiev to fight through the winter in what both sides have described as a meat grinder of brutal, exhausting warfare.

After Russia exhausted its army with a failed attack on Kiev last year, Ukrainian forces counterattacked in the fall and recaptured parts of the territory. But that advance has stalled since November, allowing Russia to regain the initiative.

Moscow’s Wagner mercenary army has sent thousands of convicts recruited from Russian prisons to battle around Bakhmut, buying time for Russia’s regular army to reassemble units with hundreds of thousands of reservists.

Zelenskiy said the West must speed up the delivery of its promised weapons so that Ukraine can go on the offensive again.

Russia wants the war to continue and exhaust our troops. So we have to make time our weapon,” he said. “We must… speed up supplies and open up new weapons options for Ukraine.”

The Kremlin on Monday reaffirmed its position that further deliveries of Western weapons to Ukraine would only lead to further escalation.

“It leads to NATO countries becoming more and more directly involved in the conflict – but it does not have the potential to change the course of events and will not do so,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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