While Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, tried to appear placatory to the Western block, concerning Russia's moves to modernize nuclear and conventional arsenals, various signs show that both Western and Sino-Russian blocks entered a new frenzied arms race.
“Russia’s investment in its military is not a sign of a looming new arms race but rather a long-overdue modernization, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with RT and the VGTRK media corporation.”
“Lavrov was commenting on the US plan to overhaul its nuclear arsenals, which was announced by President Barack Obama this week.'The US nuclear arsenal is somewhat younger than ours, but perhaps it is also time for them to upgrade it. I just hope that the US will abide by the provisions of the New START treaty, which are legally binding,' Lavrov said. 'It is fine to upgrade your stockpile, replacing old weapons with new ones, but there are certain restrictions on how many weapons you can have, and all these restrictions are still in place.'”
“Moscow needs a strong defensive force because it sees hostile actions by NATO, an organization rooted in the past that never ceased to see Russia as an enemy, Lavrov said.”
“The minister said he doubts that the current period of tension with the West will reach the level of the old Cold War. But Western politicians are trapped in their own anti-Russian rhetoric, he said.”
“Lavrov called on the West, and particularly the US, to stop trying to do everything their own way with no consideration for the bigger picture and the interests of other nations.”
Previously: Cold War 2.0 : The US to renew nuclear arsenal