Cooling of Russia-U.S. relations not to enhance role of nuclear weapons, says Foreign Ministry

Disagreements between two nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, will not lead to the waving of 'a big nuclear stick' in the contemporary world, Russian Foreign Ministry Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director Mikhail Ulyanov has said.

Disagreements between two nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, will not lead to the waving of 'a big nuclear stick' in the contemporary world, Russian Foreign Ministry Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director Mikhail Ulyanov has said.

"At the moment there are no signs that the cooling in international relations, in particular, the relations between Russia and the United States, may enhance the role of nuclear weapons and somebody may actually start waving 'a big nuclear stick'," Ulyanov told the newspaper Kommersant in an interview published on Oct. 19.

Although political disagreements exist, "we are quite well cooperating with the Americans in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation," he said.

"This is proven by the fact that our countries have been successfully implementing the START treaty," the department head noted.

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