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Russia's Lavrov: suspension of plutonium accord a signal to Washington
October 3, 2016 / 3:02 PM / a year ago

Russia's Lavrov: suspension of plutonium accord a signal to Washington

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s suspension of an agreement on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium is a signal to Washington that speaking to Russia from a position of force, in the language of sanctions of ultimatums, will not work, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov takes part in a news conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Lavrov added in a statement published on the foreign ministry website that Russia’s suspension of the agreement was a “forced measure” and that the way the United States disposes of weapons-grade plutonium does not ensure the irreversibility of its military use.

He also said Russia was not giving up its responsibilities for nuclear disarmament.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov

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