Russia will wait with interest for the specification of the US President Donald Trump’s proposal to conclude a new agreement instead of the Treaty on intermediate-range missiles (INF).
This was stated by Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov. “We will wait with interest for the specification of this proposal in the form of paper or otherwise set out the elements of the agenda of such negotiations, in the form of conceptual schemes,” he said.
Ryabkov stressed that any multilateral negotiations on such issues should begin with a discussion of the scope and parameters of the future agreement. So far, there is no specifics from Washington on the possibility of concluding a new Treaty, but Russia generally welcomes such an initiative, the diplomat said.
Sergey Ryabkov also told what was said in the note sent by the Russian foreign Ministry to the US Embassy. “On our part, it was stated that Washington has not taken the necessary actions to eliminate its own violations of the Treaty,” he said.
On February 2, Washington suspended the fulfillment of its obligations under the INF TREATY, noting that it will withdraw from the agreement in six months if Russia does not return to compliance with the terms of the document. In response, Moscow also suspended its participation in the Treaty.
On February 5, the US President in his speech to the Congress admitted that a new arms control Treaty would be concluded instead of the INF TREATY, and the membership would be expanded, primarily at the expense of China.