A senior Russian diplomat has said on Wednesday that the US will no longer be provided with any information about the missile tests.
Vladimir Putin has ordered military nuclear drills to be carried out which includes mobile launchers, 300 pieces of equipment and more than 3,000 troops in Siberia to prepare for any possible nuclear conflict.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in comments which were carried by Russian news agencies that the last remaining nuclear arms pact with the US no longer exists.
The nuclear arms pact has been an essential element of strategic stability for decades which allows both Washington and Moscow to interpret correctly their intentions which prevents World War Three.
This is another move which will alarm Western leaders and will also be aimed at discouraging them to support Ukraine and is the strongest signal to date that Putin is not afraid of a nuclear war.
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Ryabkov said, “There will be no notifications at all.”
He was then asked if Moscow will stop issuing notices on planned missiles tests, he added, “All notifications, all kinds of notifications, all activities under the treaty will be suspended and will not be conducted regardless of what position the US may take.”
Ryabkov said Wednesday that Putin’s move is followed by the failure by the West to heed previous “serious signals” from Moscow, especially with arming Ukraine.
He then described this as the “fundamental irresponsibility of Western elites before their people and international security.”
He added, “Now they will have to deal with changing realities.
“We hope that NATO officials will adequately assess the seriousness of the situation.”
The military drills which started on Wednesday with an intercontinental ballistic missile systems which are capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
This is the latest show of strength after Belarus announced it would host a Russian nuclear weapons storage facility on its territory, closer to NATO member states.
The exercises include Yars mobile systems manoeuvres which have a range of 7,500 miles which carry multiple warheads mounted on trucks and are taking part in three Russian regions and camouflage practice.
The Yars is a nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missile which is the backbone of Russia’s strategic missile forces.