Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2018

World War 3: 'Mankind to face NUCLEAR CHAOS' – Russia issues stark warning to Donald Trump

On Saturday, Donald Trump threatened Moscow that Washington would scrap a critical nuclear disarmament pact between the US and Russia, which helped end the Cold War.

The treaty eliminated the use of short and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles but excluded sea-launched missiles.

The two countries eliminated 2,692 missiles after the treaty came into force in 1988.

The move has been heavily criticised by both European allies and Moscow, with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claiming the unilateral withdrawal by the US would be “very dangerous” and could lead to a “military-technical” retaliation.

The US believes Moscow is developing and has deployed a ground-launched system in breach of the INF treaty that could allow it to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.

However, Russia denies the accusations.

Konstatin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said on Facebook that a US withdrawal from the treaty would mean “mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere”.

His words were echoed by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, who suggested a withdrawal from the treaty was a reversal of efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament.

He was quoted as telling Interfax news agency: “Washington’s desire to turn back politics cannot be supported.

“Not only Russia, but also all who cherish the world, especially a world without nuclear weapons, must declare this.”

Russian senator Alexei Pushkov also hit out at the US, writing on twitter that the move would “not make America great again but make America more vulnerable again”.

He added: “In this area, the United States will not be able to gain decisive superiority — it is a dangerous illusion. It would be better to change Trump’s mind.”

The UK has instead sided with Trump and British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said that Russia was in breach of the INF and “needed to get its house in order”.

Mr Williamson told the Financial Times: “Our close and long-term ally of course is the United States and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the treaty obligation that it signed.”

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