Russia and NATO are escalating a war of words that could quickly devolve into an international arms race.
A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a bellicose speech boasting that his country has weapons that would render international missile defense systems “completely useless,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials shot back, calling the speech “unacceptable and counterproductive.”
“We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement. “All allies support arms control agreements which build trust and confidence, for everyone’s benefit.”
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