Rus­sia says US is in­creas­ing nukes in mil­i­tary plan­ning

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A se­nior Rus­sian of­fi­cial voiced con­cerns Mon­day that Wash­ing­ton is in­creas­ing the role of nu­clear weapons in its mil­i­tary plan­ning as part of a stepped-up cam­paign by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure “US mil­i­tary su­pe­ri­or­ity over the rest of the world,” while he also de­nied US al­le­ga­tions that Moscow has vi­o­lated an arms treaty.

An­drei Belousov, deputy direc­tor of the For­eign Min­istry’s Depart­ment of Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and Arms Con­trol, told the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s dis­ar­ma­ment com­mit­tee that Rus­sia is “es­pe­cially con­cerned” at the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Nu­clear Pos­ture Re­view.

The pol­icy re­view, re­leased in early Fe­bru­ary, pro­vides for “the cre­ation of low-yield nu­clear weapons that would lower the thresh­old of the use of nu­clear weapons,” Belousov said. He said it “also en­vis­ages a re­turn to the con­cept of a ‘lim­ited nu­clear war.”

“In essence, the US mil­i­tary think­ing in (the) nu­clear field has rolled back a half a cen­tury when it was be­lieved that a nu­clear war was ad­mis­si­ble and could be won,” he told the com­mit­tee’s ses­sion on nu­clear weapons.

Belousov said Rus­sia has re­peat­edly called for “ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions that would al­low us to take prac­ti­cal mea­sures to free the world from nu­clear weapons.” But he said Moscow must take into ac­count “the ex­ist­ing strate­gic re­al­i­ties.”

In ad­di­tion to beef­ing up its nu­clear arse­nal, Belousov said, the U.S. is de­vel­op­ing a global bal­lis­tic mis­sile defense.

He said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is also re­fus­ing to aban­don the po­ten­tial de­ploy­ment of weapons in outer space, in­creas­ing the “nu­meric and qual­i­ta­tive” im­bal­ance in con­ven­tional weapons, and de­vel­op­ing “the Prompt Global Strike con­cept” that would al­low US pre­ci­sion-guided con­ven­tional weapons to strike any­where on Earth within one hour.

Belousov said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­plains its plans for “large-scale strength­en­ing of its nu­clear po­ten­tial” by re­fer­ring to the al­leged grow­ing role of nu­clear weapons in Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary doc­trine.

“Nev­er­the­less, nei­ther the mil­i­tary doc­trine nor the state­ments of po­lit­i­cal or mil­i­tary lead­er­ship of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion con­tain such as­sump­tions,” Belousov said. “Ac­tu­ally, we re­duced the role of nu­clear weapons to the his­toric min­i­mum.”

He called US ac­cu­sa­tions that Rus­sia isn’t com­ply­ing with a 1987 nu­clear weapons treaty “ground­less” and said Moscow’s claims of U.S. vi­o­la­tions of the In­ter­me­di­at­erange Nu­clear Forces Treaty are “jus­ti­fied.”

Still, Belousov said, “we are pre­pared to work to­gether with our U.S. col­leagues on the en­tire set of prob­lems re­gard­ing the INF. We hope that we will be re­cip­ro­cated.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced on Satur­day that the U.S. is with­draw­ing from the INF, which was signed with the for­mer Soviet Union. He said Rus­sia has vi­o­lated the treaty, which pro­hibits the U.S. and Rus­sia from pos­sess­ing, pro­duc­ing or test-fly­ing ground­launched nu­clear cruise and bal­lis­tic mis­siles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilo­me­ters (300 to 3,400 miles).

Trump warned that the US will be­gin de­vel­op­ing such weapons unless Rus­sia and China agree not to pos­sess or de­velop them. China wasn’t a party to the pact that was signed in 1987 by US Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gor­bachev.

Belousov said US with­drawal from the INF would be “an­other short-signed and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous step by the United States for in­ter­na­tional peace.”

“The with­drawal from the treaty would prove again that the U.S. po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties pri­or­i­tize their for­eign pol­icy goals by ob­ses­sively striv­ing to en­sure the U.S. mil­i­tary su­pe­ri­or­ity over the rest of the world,” Belousov said.

– AP

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