Russia Does not Expect US to Move to No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow expects the US to shed light on the US' updated nuclear doctrine.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik that Russia has no reason to believe that the US can "reconsider its policy and move to the principle of no-first-use of nuclear weapons."
"So far we have no information showing that the movement has started and started in exactly this direction. Rather on the contrary," Ryabkov stated.
The Deputy Foreign Minister noted that Moscow has looked into reports of the talks held among US allies, in which EU NATO member states insisted on the US nuclear doctrine remaining unchanged.
Russia expects the United States to provide some clarifications regarding its updated nuclear doctrine at the next round of strategic stability consultations, said Ryabkov.
The Financial Times had reported this fall that Washington allies, including the UK, Germany, France, and Japan, are calling on the US not to transition to a policy of not using nuclear weapons first.
Moscow to Washington: Look in the Mirror
The Russian Embassy in Washington commented on Saturday on the recent US statements about "the activities of the Russian armed forces near Ukraine."
We are perplexed by concern of the press offices of @StateDept and @DeptofDefense with the activity of our military forces on the national territory within 🇷🇺 borders. Look in the mirror. It is the 🇺🇸 military roaming recklessly around the world and leaving behind chaos. pic.twitter.com/4Z83ueBcft— Russian Embassy in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) November 5, 2021
The Russian Embassy responded in a statement on its page on Twitter, in which it said, "We are perplexed by the concern of the press offices of the State and Defense departments with the activity of our military forces on the national territory within Russian borders."
The Embassy told Washington to "look in the mirror. It is the US military roaming recklessly around the world and leaving behind chaos."