Russia's ambassador to Britain has accused the government of violating its obligations under the international treaty by increasing the limit on its arsenal of nuclear warheads.
Andrei Kelin said the Integrated Defense and Foreign Policy Review announcement that it would increase the limit from 180 warheads to 260 had been a "big surprise."
In his interview with LBC Swarbrick on Sunday, he said that the review had pointed out no justification for his description as a grave threat to Russia and that the political relations between London and Moscow are now nearly over.
Kelin expressed his bewilderment at the decision to lift the limit on nuclear reserves and said it violated the provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, a claim that the government has denied.
Russia is mentioned fourteen times as a serious threat to the UK. But there is no single proof or explanation.
Suppose the UK will continue to raise a series of nuclear warheads, which was a great surprise to everyone. In that case, I will say even to American experts. So they think, 'UK, what are you doing?' ", He said.
“The number of warheads is increasing by 40%. This is a violation of the non-proliferation treaty and of many, many other agreements that only say a decrease or a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons ”.
Kelin said that claims that Russia posed a threat to the UK "boil down" to the Salisbury poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal which, he said, lacked "substance or information" and was "totally false."
Fourteen times Russia has been stated as a severe warning to Britain. But there is no single proof or explanation for any type of formulation, ”he said.
In some places, Russia has been involved in being endangered by the cultural impact on truth.
He said Moscow had offered several occasions to discuss topics such as cyber, but the UK had always turned it down.
We have invited them to meet and speak about it. But there was no reply. He said other things are suffering Britain. We sit at the table and consider what it is, what matters are.
But if you read this unified concept thoroughly, you will notice no specifying of dialogue on Russia. Accusations, accusations, accusations. This is very different from other strategic documents'.
He said that the British government's attitude had effectively "demolished" most of Russia's relationship.
We are processing it largely in the sphere of business and social life.
But as for the political field, he is almost dead, ”he said.
Responding to the ambassadors' comments, a government spokesperson said: “The Integrated Review sets out the government's vision of the UK's role in the world until 2030.
A key part of this is to modernize and strengthen Britain's nuclear deterrence and safety. We can properly protect ourselves and our NATO partners by working for the least reliable and sovereign nuclear deterrence.