By increasing its nuclear weapon stockpile, ‘hypocritical’ UK is violating 50-year-old non-proliferation treaty,

Britain’s move to grow its stockpile of warheads by 40% is a violation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. That’s according to Konstantin Kosachev, the vice chairman of Russia’s senate.

Last week, London announced that it would be ending its policy of gradually reducing its number of nuclear missiles. Later, on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace revealed that 10 Downing Street took the decision in response to Russia investing “strongly in ballistic missile defense,” noting that Britain needs to have a credible deterrent.

“This decision by itself is a clear violation of the non-proliferation treaty and many other agreements that prescribe only the reduction of the number of nuclear warheads,” Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page. “The [British] strategy calls for a 40% increase in the country’s nuclear capabilities.” Läs artikel