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Foreign Minister Tells UN the US Is Training Europe to Use Nuclear Weapons against Russia


March 1, 2018
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC & The Moscow Times

While attending the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US was training Europe's armed forces to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia. NATO and the US denied the accusation. Lavrov also charged that the US had decided to keep a significant number of rockets in breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Russia has also long-objected to the deployment of a US-commanded NATO missile defense system along Russia's border in eastern Europe.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/28/russias-lavrov-says-us-breaching-nuclear-arms-agreement-ifax.html

Foreign Minister Says the US Is
Training Europe to Use Nuclear Weapons against Russia

Holly Ellyatt / CNBC

(February 28, 2018) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the US was still deploying "strategic arms" in Europe and was training European countries to use nuclear weapons, violating a major nuclear arms agreement called the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Lavrov said that nuclear disarmament was impossible without taking into account factors which destabilize "strategic stability and international security today," including, he said, "the deployment of a global anti-missile system" and "the deployment of US strategic arms in Europe and the continuing destabilizing practice of 'joint nuclear missions,' as they call them."

"As we all know, these nuclear missions violate the Non-Proliferation Treaty and non-nuclear states plan and take part in the US exercises and learn how to use the nuclear weapons," he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted a video in which Lavrov was speaking to other delegates at the conference. For its part, he said, Russia had reduced its nuclear arsenal by 85 percent compared to the Cold War era.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has complained about what it calls "joint nuclear missions" and says the US has many nuclear weapons located in Europe. It also says the US is training European countries to use these weapons.

Last April, the foreign ministry issued a statement in which it said that "Washington's approach to compliance with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is still of great concern. The US and its non-nuclear NATO allies continue their nuclear skill training as part of the so-called "nuclear sharing"," it said.

"This is a serious violation of Articles I and II of the NPT," the ministry said.

Article I of the NPT prohibits nuclear states from transferring nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices, to any recipient whatsoever, directly or indirectly. Article II prohibits non-nuclear states from receiving the transfer, directly or indirectly.

But Lavrov repeated Russia's position on the matter on Wednesday.

"Everyone understands that this way, the US military prepares the military of European countries for the use of nuclear weapons against Russia," he said.

Russia, he added, had not deployed any nuclear weapons and did not test them. On the contrary, the US had taken an "aggressive position" he said. "These initiatives we see on the part of the US do not promote non-proliferation, they promote the deterioration of the full implementation of it (the treaty)."

Russia has also long-objected to the deployment of a US-commanded NATO missile defense system in eastern Europe, saying it is not designed to prevent a possible ballistic missile attack from Iran but designed to undermine and neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal. NATO and the US deny that accusation.



US Is Preparing Europe to Use
Nuclear Weapons Against Russia -- Lavrov

The Moscow Times

(February 28, 2018) -- Russia's foreign minister has warned that the United States is preparing Europe to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia.

Russia, along with the US and other nuclear powers, has refused to join the world's first nuclear disarmament deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last month. Meanwhile, the latest US Nuclear Posture Review has called to develop new types of missiles to counter Russian and Chinese threats.

Speaking at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Wednesday, Lavrov accused Washington of storing nonstrategic nuclear arms in Europe and holding "joint nuclear missions" with non-nuclear countries there.

"Everyone understands that by doing this the US military is preparing the military forces of European countries to use nuclear weapons against Russia," he said in televised remarks.

Meanwhile, Robert Wood, the head of the US disarmament mission in Geneva, accused Russia at the same conference of failing to ensure the Syrian government's elimination of its chemical weapons, Reuters reported.


Sergey Lavrov Speaks at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
RT News [Translated]



(February 28, 2018) -- For its part, [Lavrov] said Russia had reduced its nuclear arsenal by 85 percent compared to the Cold War era. The Russian Foreign Ministry has complained about what it calls "joint nuclear missions" and says the US has many nuclear weapons located in Europe. It also says the US is training European countries to use these weapons.

Last April, the foreign ministry issued a statement in which it said that "Washington's approach to compliance with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is still of great concern. The US and its non-nuclear NATO allies continue their nuclear-skill-training as part of the so-called "nuclear sharing", it said. "This is a serious violation of Articles I and II of the NPT," the ministry said.

Article I of the NPT prohibits nuclear states from transferring nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices -- or control over such weapons or explosive devices -- to any recipient whatsoever, directly or indirectly. Article II prohibits non-nuclear states from receiving the transfer, directly or indirectly.

But Lavrov repeated Russia's position on the matter on Wednesday: "Everyone understands that this way, the US military prepares the military of European countries for the use of nuclear weapons against Russia," he said. Russia, he added, had not deployed any nuclear weapons and did not test them.

On the contrary, the US had taken an "aggressive position," he said. "These initiatives we see on the part of the US do not promote non-proliferation. They promote the deterioration of the full implementation of it (the treaty)."

Russia has also long-objected to the deployment of a US-commanded NATO missile defense system in eastern Europe, saying it is not designed to prevent a possible ballistic missile attack from Iran but designed to undermine and neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal.

NATO and the US deny that accusation.

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