Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom on Saturday reacted angrily to a British decision to expand the country’s nuclear arsenal from 215 to 260. In conversation with LBC Andre Kellin has accused the UK government of violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
According to the NPT, which has been in force since the 1970s, countries with nuclear weapons must reduce their stakes. The United Kingdom, like Russia, signed the international treaty after the fall of the Soviet Union’s Cold War superpower.
On Tuesday, however, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he wanted to strengthen the UK’s nuclear arsenal for the first time since the end of the Cold War. The head of the British government wants to stop the Russians and North Koreans.
The British already had more than the self-imposed ceiling of 180 warships. Johnson has raised that ceiling to 260, which has come under criticism both domestically and abroad.
The United Kingdom disagrees with this criticism. A spokesman for the country said, “Nuclear deterrence is an important part of the UK view of their role in the world.”
Colin enjoys the unpleasant surprise of British action. According to the Russian ambassador, the political relationship between the British and the Russians was “as good as dead”.
‘United Kingdom rejects goodwill’
According to Kelin, the Russians have repeatedly offered to talk to the British about things like digital espionage. The United Kingdom is said to have rejected all Russian diplomatic approaches.
According to Kelin, Russia’s twin agent Sergei Skribal’s poisoning in 2018 is behind British operations. Moscow continues to deny all involvement in the assassination attempt on the Scribes.
In October, the United Nations ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Neither the United Kingdom nor Russia has signed the agreement. This also applies to the major powers in the Netherlands and the United States and China.