Russian Security Chief: Increased Risk of Nuclear War With US

Russia’s security chief has warned about a heightened risk of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia, following the breakdown of a major arms control treaty earlier this year.

Global nuclear stability is becoming increasingly more precarious, Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev wrote in the state-run Rossiskaya Gazeta Monday, blaming the situation on the U.S.

“The military-political security of Russia, as well as that of the whole world, is characterized today by increased risks and a decrease in predictability, which is due to the beginning of the collapse of the current architecture of strategic stability and the arms control system, as a result of unilateral U.S. actions and their desire to get rid of the international legal framework that limited their military capabilities,” he said.

Patrushev accused Washington of demonstrating a hostility to arms control over a long period of time. The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty this summer, as well as its possible exit from the Open Skies Treaty and the New Strategic Arms Reduction (New START) Treaty, all raised the likelihood of a nuclear war, he charged.