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‘US withdrawal from INF will not start a new Cold War’

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the US withdrawal from the Medium Range Nuclear Forces Agreement (INF) would not launch a new Cold War period.

Sergey Lavrov commented on the US decision to withdraw from the INF agreement while participating at an event at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in Bishkek. “I do not think there will be a Cold War,’ Lavrov said.

‘We entered a new era, and in this new era the US is seeking to lift all restrictions on the usage of strategic arms and arms control systems. This is very saddening,’ he added.

According to Sputnik, Lavrov said that they would fight against any threats that may result from the US withdrawal from the INF agreement with military and technical equipment.

“We have no intention to enter an arms race, which is one of the characteristic features of the Cold War period,’ the Russian foreign minister said.  ‘the President expressed it very clearly. We will fight against any threats that may result from the US withdrawal from the INF agreement with military and technical equipment.’

The US initiated the procedure of withdrawal from INF on February 2, giving the reason for the withdrawal as the Russian 9M729 missile which violated the agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that they have suspended the agreement in response to Washington.

Osman SEZER
Email: osman@thelondonpost.co.uk

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