The foreign Ministry said that Russia is ready to respond to possible escalation in Europe


RIA Novosti

Moscow will be able to respond, including military-technical means, in the case of possible escalation in Europe, but this does not mean a return to the arms race, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

“I’m not sure that would be an escalation,” — said Ulyanov on the question of whether he agrees with forecasts that the US and Russia are “doomed” to enter the next round of the arms race in Europe, as Washington will not abandon plans to deploy a European missile defense.

“Naturally, we will find a way to respond to disadvantageous developments, and the reaction can be twofold: either with diplomacy, but diplomacy here, unfortunately, is not yet operational or military-technical response. Over it, as I understand it, the Russian military are actively working and there is progress. But this does not necessarily result in an arms race,” — said the diplomat.

In his words, “stability in one way or another can be saved,” but “the likelihood of detonation is a thing, of course, negative.”

“The more convincingly justify the need for the establishment of our Western partners can’t. Links to Iran we perceive only as a pretext. It is significant that the conclusion of the Agreement on settlement of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program did in terms of building a global missile defense has not changed,” — said Ulyanov.