The Kremlin has warned on Wednesday that “we are on the verge of global conflict” as the lower house of Russia’s parliament voted to suspend the nuclear arms treaty with the US.
More Russian officials are upping their rhetoric on a nuclear attack as they claim the US has “lost touch with reality.”
The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Medvedev said, “If the US wants Russia’s defeat, we have the right to defend ourselves with any weapons, including nuclear.
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“Let the US elites who have lost touch with reality think about what they got.
“If the US wants Russia to be defeated, we are standing on the verge of a global conflict.”
On Tuesday Vladimir Putin announced that Russia will pull out of the landmark nuclear arms control treaty, called New START.
The United Nations warned that if there is no nuclear arms control the world will become a “dangerous” place.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “A world without nuclear arms control is a far more dangerous, unstable one, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
“Every effort should be taken to avoid this outcome, including an immediate return to dialogue.”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “In order to maintain a sufficient degree of predictability and stability in the sphere of nuclear missiles, Russia intends to adhere to a responsible approach and will continue to strictly observe the quantitative restrictions provided for by the New START treaty within the life cycle of the treaty.”
They added that they will continue to notify the US of any future planned test launches of their intercontinental ballistic missiles.