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, in practice since the 1970s, nuclear-armed countries have had to reduce their stakes. Like Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom signed an international treaty.
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 pieces, which has come under criticism both domestically and abroad.
The UK disagrees with this criticism. A spokesman said the country was “an important part of the UK’s view of its role in the world.”
‘Political relations between British and Russian are good until death’
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”.
Kelin says the Russians have repeatedly offered to talk to the British about things like digital espionage. The United Kingdom has reportedly rejected all Russian diplomatic efforts.
According to Kelin, the poisoning of Russia by Sergei Skribal, Russia’s former dual agent in 2018, was the impetus for British action. Moscow continues to deny involvement in the Scribble assassination attempt.
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.