During the traditional weekly Briefing on topical issues of the international agenda and foreign policy, on May 26, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the US plans to increase spending on the modernization of the American side’s nuclear forces by $634 billion in the period from 2021 to 2030.
Answering the question of the Bulgarian editorial staff of News Front, Maria Zakharova, that the Russian-American START Treaty does not prohibit the parties from modernizing and replacing their strategic offensive weapons under the important condition that they comply with the quantitative limits and some other restrictions laid down in this agreement, but that Russia is closely monitoring efforts USA in this area.
“As far as the START Treaty is concerned, the Russian side really has concrete and well-grounded claims to how the representatives of Washington are carrying it out.
However, this is not connected with the modernization of the nuclear complex, but with the re-equipment of a number of strategic offensive weapons undertaken by the United States.
It was conducted in such a way that it does not allow us to make sure that these funds have lost the ability to be used for the use of nuclear weapons, as required by the Treaty.
We are seeking from the American side to strictly comply with all provisions of the START Treaty. This work will continue”, – said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.