In a recent report, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has accused Western countries of exploiting information about nuclear capabilities for their own political interests. According to the report, Ryabkov stated, “Everything is false. Western countries attempt to extract political benefits from the information regarding the scale of nuclear power. Firstly, the announced numbers are often fictional or conditional. The recently released data by the US State Department on their offensive strategic weapons is misleading, as it does not comply with the calculation rules stipulated by the arms control treaties. Washington stubbornly attempts to circumvent these rules through despicable maneuvers.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has made strong statements regarding weapon data and the alleged manipulation by Western countries. In a recent report, Ryabkov stated, “A large number of offensive strategic weapons, over 100, are ‘beyond the brackets’ and should be subject to treaty restrictions. Moreover, the data regarding the scale of weapons from the United Kingdom and France is unverified and purely declarative.” Ryabkov further revealed that the United Kingdom has increased its nuclear warhead ceiling by over one-third.
According to the report, Ryabkov expressed concerns that the sole purpose of Western countries’ statements on nuclear weapon scale seems to be to exert psychological and military-political pressure on Russia and China.
Ryabkov pointed out, “Behind this, there is an evident desire to tarnish our country.”
He emphasized that while the Group of Seven (G7) calls for the restoration of strategic arms control treaties, they show no intention of considering NATO’s overall capabilities in this context.
On May 19th, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that the arms control situation is extremely pessimistic, and Washington should be held responsible for it.
These developments highlight the escalating tensions surrounding nuclear disarmament and the need for transparency and accountability in weapon data. The international community will closely monitor the response from Western nations and assess the impact of these allegations on global security dynamics.