Putin: ‘The arms race has begun, United States is to blame’

MOSCOW, ($1=71.97 Russian Rubles) – The arms race between Russia and the United States began after the United States withdrew from the missile defense treaty and is on the march, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Russian President Vladimir Putin statement.

“The arms race is on the way, unfortunately,” Putin said at a plenary session of Russia’s Energy Week on Wednesday.

He noted that as early as 2003, he called on the United States not to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. “This is a fundamental thing, the cornerstone of international security. It is not just defense, it is an attempt to gain strategic advantages by neutralizing the nuclear potential of a potential adversary,” the president said.

“What should we do in response? I have said this many times. If you are interested, I will repeat it. Or to create the same system that costs a lot of money and it is not known how effectively it will work. Or to create another system that with security will overcome the missile defense. I said we would do it,” Putin said.

“The response of the American partners was: our missile defense system is not against you, you are doing what you want, we will start from the fact that it is not against us,” he added.

The President of the Russian Federation noted that Russia is now ready to hold a constructive dialogue with the United States on this issue.

In June this year, Putin already noted that the arms race in the world is currently open and covert. “Unfortunately, this is not on our initiative (the arms race) continues, secretly or openly,” Putin said at a meeting with alumni of the Higher School of Public Administration’s talent program.

And in an article published in June, “Being Open Despite the Past,” on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, Putin said: “Now the whole system of European security has seriously deteriorated. Tensions are rising, and the risks of a new arms race are becoming real.”

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