The threat of use of nuclear weapons in Europe exceeded the level of 1980-ies. About this at the forum said the former foreign Minister of Russia; President, Russian international Affairs Council Igor Ivanov.
“The threat of confrontation using nuclear weapons in Europe today is higher than in the 1980-ies. The paradox is that today, fewer nuclear weapons, but the threat of its use is growing,” Ivanov said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
The former Minister noted that in the 80s “there were a range of mechanisms for dialogue, negotiations and contacts at the highest level, on a military level”. Ivanov noted that today these mechanisms are “destroyed or blocked.” He also expressed the view that currently, the institutions that could ensure the stability of the Euro-Atlantic region, does not exist.
“Russia and the West seems to have entered a new stage of the arms race, in which Europe became the Central stage. You can ensure that when the United States will deploy a missile system in Poland, Russia would respond by placing their own systems, for example, the systems “Iskander” … in the Kaliningrad region”, — said Ivanov. He predicted that “a situation may arise, similar to the missile crisis in Europe in the mid 1980-ies”.
In recent months, Russian and European politicians have repeatedly talked about the threat of a new cold war. So, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said this at a security conference in Munich. “You could say sharper: we slipped during a new cold war. Almost daily we announce the most terrible threat for NATO as a whole, separately for Europe, for America and other countries”, — said the head of government. Later in an interview with Time he explained that spoke of the beginning of a new cold war, but argued that the decisions of NATO are pushing for its occurrence.
Shortly thereafter, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda accused Russia of fomenting the cold war. “If someone gets aggressive military activity in Ukraine and in Syria, if someone increases its military presence near neighbouring countries, we have a definite answer as to who is starting a new cold war. This is definitely not Poland and NATO”, — said the head of state.
German politicians commenting on statements by Medvedev, said that the world, at the moment, is not in a state of cold war. Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in particular, stated that they had understood the words of the Russian Prime Minister “so that we should try to avoid returning to cold war”.