Cannon retorted to the demand the US to stop development of missiles
. Senator Alexei Pushkov commented on Twitter the words of the special envoy of the U.S. President for arms control Marshall Billingsley, who said that Russia needs to abandon the development and introduction of new types of missiles with a nuclear engine, calling them "flying Chernobyl".
"And the latest US nuclear missiles, which will replace all ICBM "Minuteman", it's a humane weapon, or "angels from heaven"? Note Billingsley: this is the weapon of "doomsday" — outraged the MP.
In his view, Washington should focus on new mechanisms of control over nuclear weapons, but do not tell Moscow what "to work or not."
"Instead, they came out of the INF Treaty, out of the start-3 and working to strengthen the already strong nuclear capabilities. This is the approaching "doomsday" — said Pushkov.
Earlier, speaking about the Russian missiles with a nuclear power plant, Billingsley said that such weapons "should not even exist." According to him, there is no justification for this "doomsday system".
In the past year, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), accusing Russia of violating it. Moscow has rejected these attacks and have offered Washington to continue the dialogue, but the American side did not go forward. The Russian foreign Ministry noted that it is not against to connect other countries to discuss with US questions of strategic stability.
In late June, Billingsley said the United States does not see the options for a moratorium on the deployment in Europe of intermediate-range and shorter-range, which had previously banned the INF Treaty.
The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3) signed on in 2010, remains the only valid agreement between Russia and the USA on the limitation of armaments. Start-3 will expire in February 2021, Washington has not yet announced any plans to renew it. The US administration at different levels emphasizes the need for the inclusion of China in the negotiation of a new trilateral nuclear agreement. In Beijing, this idea is rejected. Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow supports the extension of the Treaty without preconditions.