Russian diplomat Andrei Belousov confirmed Friday that Russia is preparing to defend its territory against any aggression, while the US’ unilateral withdrawal from INF Treaty signals that Washington is preparing such an aggression.
Andrei Belousov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, commented on US’ unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty by saying that US is "preparing a war," and that Russia has to get ready to defend its territory, principles and values.
Recently at the meeting [of the committee], the US has stated and that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I can confirm it, Belousov said after the failed UN First Committee vote on Russia’s resolution in support of the INF.
We are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people — we are preparing for such a war, he added.
However, he underscored that it is not Russia which is preparing to start the war. According to the diplomat, there is a big difference between Russia and the US’ preparations.
Linguistically, this difference is in just one word, both in Russian and in English: Russia is preparing for war, and the US is preparing a war, Belousov said. "Otherwise, why would the United States withdraw from the treaty, build up its nuclear potential [and] adopt a new nuclear doctrine?"