Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday that Russia was withdrawing from arms control treaties in order to ensure its global superiority.
Patrushev stated this in an interview with Russian media outlets.
“When these treaties work, then (the U.S.,) certainly does not have a clear superiority anywhere in the world.
“When these treaties do not work, it will place weapons anywhere, against any enemy it considers as such, and in any quantity, seeking superiority,” he said.
Patrushev said that the U.S. had not presented any proof of Russia’s alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and refused to discuss its own violations.
He added that Russia had pointed out to the U.S. that UK and French nuclear arsenals should be taken into consideration in the new deal to replace the INF Treaty, but the U.S. was not ready yet.
Patrushev expressed the belief that the two countries’ security services would expand cooperation.
“This cooperation is expanding and, I believe, will keep expanding,” he said.