GETTYRussia’s critical stance of the US is that it is training non-nuclear Nato allies
Mr Lavrov’s comments were made at a session of the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Wednesday in which he criticised the US deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe as well as the involvement of non-nuclear states in training programmes.
Russia’s critical stance of the US is that it is training non-nuclear Nato allies on how to use American nuclear weapons, which Moscow considers a breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Mr Lavrov said: “Everybody should understand that the US military is preparing the militaries of European states to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia.”
he added that Russia had not deployed any nuclear weapons and did not test them unlike the US which has taken an “aggressive position”.Related articles
Last April the Russian Foreign Ministry complained about what is calls “joint nuclear missions” and says the US has many nuclear sites in Europe as well as giving training to European countries.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement last April, saying: "Washington's approach to compliance with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is still of great concern. The US and its non-nuclear NATO allies continue their nuclear skill training as part of the so-called ‘nuclear sharing’.
"This is a serious violation of Articles I and II of the