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Open to proposals from US for new nuclear pact that includes more countries, says Russia's deputy foreign minister

Moscow: Russia is prepared to consider new proposals from the United States to replace the suspended Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) pact with a broader treaty that includes more countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

 Open to proposals from US for new nuclear pact that includes more countries, says Russias deputy foreign minister

File image of Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov. Reuters

Russia suspended the INF treaty at the weekend after Washington announced it would withdraw in six months unless Russia ends what it says are violations of the pact, allegations rejected by Moscow. The 1987 treaty eliminated the medium-range missile arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, but leaves other countries free to produce and deploy them.

US president Donald Trump said last week he would like to hold talks aimed at creating a new arms control treaty.

"We, of course, saw the reference in president Trump’s statement to the possibility of a new treaty that could be signed in a beautiful room, and that this treaty should also include other countries as its participants,” Ryabkov said. "We look forward to this proposal being made concrete and put on paper or by other means..."

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact.

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Updated Date: Feb 07, 2019 15:46:25 IST