Russia: US tries to politically heat up new strategic weapons issue
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said with its newly-adopted national defense spending law Washington is trying to heat up politically the issue of new strategic weapons, but Moscow does not believe that this decision is directly geared to their restriction.
"In the law on defense spending limits signed by US President Donald Trump we have not seen an attempt to formulate the issue this way. We do not believe that this law is an attempt to limit our new types of strategic weapons Russia’s president [Vladimir Putin] described on March 1," Ryabkov told TASS on Tuesday.
"What we do see is the United States’ wish to heat up this theme politically, to make it an annoyance in bilateral relations. We cannot share this approach and we do not welcome it," he added.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense budget for the 2019 fiscal year (beginning on October 1). The law instructs the Department of Defense to consider the possibility of deploying more missile defense components in Europe in response to alleged violations of the INF treaty by Russia.
Moscow’s proposal to renew dialogue on strategic stability with Washington remains in force, Ryabkov also told TASS.
"Unfortunately, the American colleagues cannot confirm their readiness to renew dialogue on strategic stability, which we proposed to continue. That said, we repeatedly articulated the idea on the need for this dialogue. Our proposal remains in force," the senior diplomat noted.