Russia open to INF Treaty talks with US

Politics 1/9/2019, 8:14 AM
Russia open to INF Treaty talks with US

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated on Wednesday that Moscow is open to holding talks with the United States regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty but insisted the dialogue must be "on an equal basis."

"We are ready for dialogue, if the US is ready for this," Ryabkov told reporters during a press conference at the Russian Embassy in New Delhi. "We are ready for consultations at the level of the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Security Councils. If this happens tomorrow, we will be ready tomorrow," he added. The official also said that Russia and the US will soon hold talks on the Syrian crisis after US President Donald Trump said US troops will be leaving the war-torn country.

Last year, Trump announced he will pull out of the INF Treaty signed in 1987 as a result of Russia's alleged violations of the deal. US Secretary of State warned in December that Washington will effectively suspend its international obligations under the INF Treaty in February unless Moscow begins complying with the agreement. Russia has denied the allegations and urged the US not to withdraw from the treaty.

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