PressTV-Russia set to discuss arms inspections with US

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has reportedly expressed Moscow’s willingness to discuss mutual inspections with Washington in a bid to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) amid US threats to withdraw from the pact.

Reporting the development on Friday, Russia’s RIA news agency cited Vladimir Yermakov, a foreign ministry official, as saying that Moscow “categorically rules out inspections being carried out on a unilateral basis.”

US President Donald Trump and other administration officials have threatened to pull out of the key arms control agreement, accusing Russia of breaching the Cold War-era treaty and vowing to develop new nuclear arsenals.

The INF, which was signed in 1986 between then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, allowed the US to counter Chinese moves to build up arms in the Pacific but prevented Washington from deploying new nuclear armaments in response. 


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