Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov urged US President Donald Trump to bear in mind there “can be no winners” in a nuclear war. In the exercise, held at Strategic Command in Nebraska, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper played himself in a simulated showdown in Europe between Russia and NATO on Friday. However, Mr Ryabkov voiced his concerns about the war game the next day.
He said: “The United States continues a series of command-staff exercises and other drills involving the simulation of limited nuclear strikes, particularly – as it became known recently – on targets in Russia.”
In remarks attributed to him by official Russian news agency Tass, he added: “We condemn such actions because they clearly show that Washington is determined to pursue the path of confrontation and keep lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.