Russia welcomes U.S proposals for new nuclear pact

Russia welcomed and would be prepared to consider new proposals for nuclear arms treaty from the United States to replace the 1987 treaty with a new pact that includes more countries including China.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday said, “We saw President Trump’s statement about the possibility of a new treaty, which should include other countries.

“When our American colleagues actually get to the point where they give us something concrete, we will look at this with interest and I hope in a positive way.

“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 treaty.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump said that the U.S. may be open to negotiate another pact that will replace the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The U.S. announced last week of the intention to withdraw from the treaty which bans deployment of short and medium-range missiles.