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    US, Russia Leadership Too ‘Reasonable’ to Risk Nuclear War - Russian Envoy

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    US and Russian leaders are too sensible to risk a nuclear confrontation despite the current tensions in bilateral relations, Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak told an audience at Johns Hopkins University.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Kislyak said, however, that US-Russian relations were at their worst since the Cold War, due in part to NATO forces being deployed within meters of Russia’s eastern border and the United States projecting force around the world.

    "I do not share the view that the risk of nuclear war today is high, because even with the current differences I think that we have enough reasonable people on both sides not to allow one," Kislyak stated on Tuesday.

    Earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry marked the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit.

    Kerry said the ideas that former leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev explored at the 1986 meeting had propelled the negotiation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as START.

    Last week, the Russian government withdrew from the Plutonium Maintenance and Disposition Act and suspended a 2013 bilateral nuclear research and development agreement with the United States, citing recent hostile actions from Washington.

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