Russian officials willing to consider U.S. proposals for new nuclear treaty

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UPDATED 10:31 AM PT — Thursday, February 7, 2019

Russia is willing to consider a new treaty agreement with the U.S. to replace the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister discussed the issue at a news conference in Moscow Thursday, saying the replacement treaty would be a broader agreement involving additional countries.

He explained this process of creating a new agreement is still in the early stages, and the U.S. has yet to send any definite proposals.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news conference in Moscow on February 7. (Photo/Reuters)

“In the very least, we must define what will be in the scope of a possible new treaty and what won’t,” stated Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. “When our American colleagues hand us something like that in practical terms, we will look into it with much interest and in a positive way, I hope.”

This comes after the United States recently announced the decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty over the next sixth-months. Shortly after the withdrawal, Russia declared they would also be pulling out of the agreement.

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