Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov responded to accusations of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Sufer in starting an arms race.
As the ambassador noted, the decision of the United States to put into service low-power nuclear charges destabilizes the situation with such weapons in the world more than Russia’s actions. In particular, we are talking about the low-power W76-2 charges on Trident missiles. “Strategic carriers in such equipment become, in fact, “weapons of the battlefield,”” Antonov said.
According to the Russian diplomat, the American minister repeated the “far-fetched thesis” that Russia is increasing its arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. He recalled that the relevant Russian doctrine mentions the purely defensive nature of Russia’s nuclear policy, as well as clearly spells out the conditions under which the country can move to the use of such weapons. Antonov concluded by proposing that Sufer establish a face-to-face dialogue on strategic stability issues.
In August, the Defense Ministry for the first time disclosed the terms of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons. The first condition of a nuclear strike is the receipt of “credible information about the launch of ballistic missiles attacking the territory of Russia and/or its allies.”