Russia to raise arms control system destruction issue at session in PACE, OSCE

Russia to raise arms control system destruction issue at session in PACE, OSCE

The Russian delegation plans to raise the issue of Washington’s destruction of the arms control system at the upcoming autumn sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky told reporters on Saturday.

"The Russian delegation intends to raise the issue of US aggressive policy to destroy the arms control system at the autumn sessions of the OSCE parliamentary assembly and PACE," he said. "European parliamentarians should firmly state their position and do everything possible to prevent another missile crisis," he stressed.

Slutsky noted that warnings about a new arms race, which are being voiced by the European Union, should be addressed exclusively to the United States. The lawmaker recalled that it was the US that was responsible for breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). "The United States has planned a campaign to destroy the treaty in advance to ensure its own military superiority," he said.

"In such circumstances, Russia is forced to take tit-for-tat measures," Slutsky went on. He recalled that President Vladimir Putin had instructed the cabinet to analyze the threat level in the wake of the US test of a new cruise missile modification and take measures to prepare a symmetric response. "But this does not mean that Moscow is being drawn into a costly arms race," the head of the committee assured.

"In this case, European partners should be more concerned with the possible deployment of American missiles in the territory of the European Union. It is Europe that can become a military firing range and even a theater of operations in case of a conflict. Thus, Washington is posing a global threat to the entire European continent," Slutsky warned.

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