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Supporters of new arms race have prevailed in US, alleges Russia

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Russian on Saturday (local time) said that Washington's actions with regard to and non-proliferation show "that supporters of the new arms race have prevailed in the "

The Russian made these comments at the 27th Assembly of the (SWAP) here, according to TASS.

He voiced his concern regarding the collapse of treaties with the and said: "Following the collapse of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles is now next in line. After that, it is possible that there will be problems with the extension of the Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (SEDD)."

"All this will have disastrous consequences, not only for those areas of international life that were regulated by these treaties but also for the remaining mechanisms in the field of and non-proliferation. If we evaluate Washington's actions in this area, it can be concluded that the supporters of the new arms race have prevailed in the US," he added.

Lavrov warned that "it will be impossible to draw into this costly exercise."

The Foreign Minister's comments come in the wake of both USA and formally suspending their obligations under the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which has led to mounting fears of an arms race between the two nations.

and US relations are strained since last October when US blamed of not complying to the INF treaty, threatening to withdraw from the pact which was signed between US and in 1987.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 06:53 IST
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