Talking in a RT’s programme Spotlight, he was asked whether Moscow admitted there was a growing atomic threat from Iran and North Korea. “The threat is always there,” the general replied.
According to Makarov, the real danger could come from states which illegally possess nuclear arms.
“We are aware that many countries that have never admitted having a nuclear arsenal, actually have one,” the Chief of General Staff said, without specifying exactly which countries he has in mind.
“No doubt if nuclear weapons fall into the hands of extremists, it will seriously compromise international security, so any scenario is possible if certain countries do acquire nuclear capability,” Makarov admitted.
“We conducted a joint assessment with our US counterparts, which proved that this threat is a realistic one,” the General acknowledged.
“The very fact that we agreed to produce a joint anti-missile system implies that we recognize that the threat is there.”
“What we say is, that we should work together to counter these threats,” Makarov concluded.
“Let’s deal with this problem together, let’s take joint action to get rid of potential threats not only to European countries but also to Russia, because Russia is part of Europe,” Makarov stressed.