Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has described the current global security situation as worse than during the Cold War. Medvedev shared this assessment on Telegram in a post he published in response to US President Joe Biden’s offer to negotiate a new disarmament agreement with Russia.
On Monday, Biden said in a speech at the opening of the Non-Proliferation Treaty conference that his country was ready to negotiate a new disarmament treaty. This should replace the New START treaty, which expires in 2026. The US President also called on Russia to demonstrate willingness to cooperate on nuclear weapons control. According to Biden, China should also take part in disarmament negotiations.
In his statement, Medvedev pointed out that about a month ago he pointed out that the US could not solve strategic security issues without Russia. Responding to Biden’s statement that the Soviet Union and the US negotiated security issues themselves during the Cold War, Russia’s ex-president replied that the current situation is worse:
“Now the situation is significantly worse than it was during the Cold War. Much worse. And it’s not our fault.”
In conclusion, Medvedev questioned the usefulness of negotiations with the US:
“And the most important thing: do we even need it? The world has changed.”
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