Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on Thursday that there is a risk of a nuclear war, noting that the negative trend had become particularly visible this year.

“The situation regarding strategic stability keeps growing worse. Unfortunately, it’s a fact, and a fact that cannot be argued with. Risks are growing too … there is a risk of a nuclear war breaking out, even if the sides have no intention of starting a nuclear conflict”, Ryabkov said in a speech in Moscow.

The diplomat also said that Washington appears to be evading working with Moscow on the New START arms reduction treaty.

“The actions of our Western colleagues are becoming increasingly emotional, at times — rather aggressive”, he said, adding that the agreement “may well become the next victim of the US drive to free itself in the field of arms control”.

Ryabkov also raised concerns about the US preparing nuclear test grounds for new drills.

“We are concerned about the situation surrounding the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. After putting forward unjustified accusations of violating this accord, the United States, which has no intentions of ratifying it, is now working to maintain its testing grounds in readiness to resume such tests”, he warned.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as the New START, was signed between Russia and the US in April 2010, and imposed limits on the amount of both countries’ nuclear missile launchers, inter-continental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers and deployed warheads. The deal is set to expire in 2021, but there is an option to extend it until 2026.

ALSO READ  Russia to deliver Pantsir-S missile systems to Serbia in next few months


Source: Sputnik

Share this article:
  • 3

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.


  1. He obviously refers to the situation in Kashmir where Pakistan and China illegally occupy a part of India and Pakistan exports terrorists across the border.
    Indian, Chinese soldiers get into scuffle in Ladakh :
    Note : China claims the ownership of territories belonging to… 18 (!!!) of its neighbours and illegally occupies parts of India, Vietnam and full Tibet.

    +++ “The diplomat also said that Washington appears to be evading working with Moscow on the New START arms reduction treaty.”
    => IMHO, Moscow is not so a concern at US level !!! Let’s be realist : with a military budget just a little higher than France, Japan or UK, Russia is nowhere near to have the arsenal the Soviet Union had, I wouldn’t be too surprised if most of the warhead kept in storage were no more usable at all.
    Although having many other prerogatives, the US Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) which is in charge of the US nuclear weapons production/maintenance, etc, have $27.9BN and $13.9BN budgets…
    If there has to be a new START arms reduction treaty, what we do have now is US putting pressure on China, not Russia which any way can’t afford an arms race.