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There are no grounds to expect an arms race - Russia

Chairman of the Russian State Duma's International Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky said that Moscow has always supported disarmament.

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Russia’s suspension of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty does not mean that an arms race will start, chairman of the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky told Rossiya-24 TV channel on Tuesday.

"There are no talks about an arms race. Russia has enough and more than enough means to repel any attack, which is why there are no grounds to expect an arms race," Slutsky said.

"We have always supported disarmament," Slutsky stressed, noting that Moscow is ready to return to the INF Treaty if the US fulfills its obligations under the treaty. However, according to the official, Washington is placing missile defense systems in Romania instead, "which can be easily modified to launch surface-to-surface missiles of intermediate and smaller range."

Slutsky also pointed out that the potential signing of a trilateral nuclear deal between the US, Russia and China, supported by the US side, indirectly undermines the possibility of extending the New START in 2021.

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