Original published by RIA-Novosti; translated by J.Hawk
The Russia-US dialogue on further nuclear disarmament is not possible as long as the US is pursuing destabilizing measures such as the creation of a global ABM system”, according to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
On Friday, the White House called on Russia to enter into negotiations on further reductions of nuclear arsenals. The current START-3 strategic arms reductions treaty entered into force in 2011.
“The second destabilizing factor which deprives us of the possibility further reduction (of nuclear arsenals) is the development of the ability of weapons capable of launching disarming strikes without the use nuclear warheads, and which have effective ranges comparable to strategic systems. That’s the “Global Strike” program,” Ryabkov added.
The US rapid “global strike” program is intended to create a hypersonic vehicle capable of delivering precise non-nuclear strikes from US territory against targets located all over the world within one hour of launch. That system would permit the launch of a non-nuclear attack capable of destroying strategic nuclear forces.