Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Washington’s actions to dismantle the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty can result in an unbridled arms race.
"In our opinion, the United States’ actions, which have led to the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, will inevitably entail devaluation, undermine the entire global security architecture, including the strategic offensive arms treaty and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons," the head of state said in a statement released by the Kremlin press service.
"This scenario means the resumption of an unbridled arms race," TASS quoted Putin as saying.
Moscow is ready to resume full-fledged negotiations with the United States on strategic stability and security, according to Putin.
"Russia deems it necessary to resume without any delay full-fledged negotiations on ensuring strategic stability and security," the head of state said in a statement circulated by the Kremlin press office.
"We are ready for this," the Russian leader said.