The harrowing comments were made by a senior diplomat during a debate on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) between Moscow and Washington. With the US withdrawing from the agreement earlier this year, Russian officials fear that President Donald Trump could step up his aggressive attitude – especially as tensions with ally Iran continue to rise. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov claimed that NATO’s belligerent behaviour would trigger a high-stakes situation between the two nations
He added: “NATO’s intentions have been aggressive all along and they remain so.
“If it comes to the real deployment of such systems on the ground, the situation will not just get worse, but aggravate to the maximum and we may find ourselves in the situation of a missile crisis pretty close to the Caribbean one.”
Russia has been heavily critical of American plans to deploy missiles in eastern Europe following their surprise withdrawal from the INF treaty.
Mr Ryabkov’s words come amid rising stakes between Washington and Moscow – and the comparison to the 1962 crisis only deepens the split.
Russia and the US have been at odds for over a century (Image: GETTY)
A US naval blockade stopped Soviet ships reaching Cuba (Image: GETTY)
The Cuban Missile Crisis flared up over the