Russia warns there is a threat of a new nuclear war as fears of arms race grow
Russia is warning of the threat of an impending arms race and potential nuclear war.
The warning about was made at press conference in Moscow on Monday (September 9), led by Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov.
He told the room: "There is a risk of nuclear war. The negative dynamics is especially noticeable in the last year."
It comes as the US withdrew from a landmark Cold-War era nuclear pact known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty last month.
Under the treaty the U.S and Russia destroyed its weapons cache of intermediate and short-range missiles, but according to the latest reports coming out of Moscow production has resumed for the first time in over 30 years.
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Ryabkov called on nuclear powers to reassert commitments to lower the risks of such a conflict, saying "there are no winners in a nuclear war".
Meanwhile resident Vladimir Putin said last Thursday Russia would now look to produce missiles previously banned under the treaty.
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Speaking at an economic forum in Vladivostok Mr Putn said: “Of course we will produce such missiles,” but assured he would not deploy any new missiles unless the United States does so first.
“We are not happy about the fact that the head of the Pentagon said that the United States intends to deploy them in Japan and South Korea," he said. "This saddens us and is a cause for certain concern."
The Russian leader said he spoke to President Trump and offered him the chance to buy one of the new hypersonic nuclear weapons the country was developing. He told the forum Trump decline and said Washington was making its own, reported Reuters .
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The fear of a fresh arms race has become of concern for many international observers in the absence of the landmark treat signed in 1987 and U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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